Memoir(ish): Telling True Stories – ONLINE

Online course materials available beginning: Tuesday, October 28, 2014
First live chat: Monday, November 3, 2014

Tap into your creativity with autobiographical writing while you capture, recall, and re-tell key events in your life. Whether your interests lie in personal essay, memoir, journal writing or even fiction, “Memoir(ish)” will help you take your memories and get drafts down on paper.

During this 4-week online class, we’ll read some short published pieces and do plenty of writing exercises. You will be encouraged to draft several story “starts” and have the opportunity to get feedback on your work.

Most of all, we’ll begin the process of taking stories and experiences directly from our lives — and discovering some of the best material.

What to Expect

Students can expect to spend two to three hours per week reading, writing, and interacting with classmates and the instructor.

This work will be supported by:

  • a weekly video message from the instructor
  • a class blog, moderated by the instructor
  • full participation from every student on the blog and in the chats
  • email for one-to-one interaction with the instructor
  • weekly, live video chat with full class

How Online Classes Work

Students will begin the week on the class blog to learn about the week’s topic and get their assignment. No long lectures or text. Just the important points and practical exercises.

Then “class time” takes place via video chat on Mondays from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm CST. Students will see the instructor and other classmates during this interactive discussion. (The only requirement is a reliable internet connection!)

If you can’t make the chat, no worries. All sessions will be recorded for later viewing.

Have More Questions? Visit our Online Classes FAQs.

Who should attend?

  • Adults 18 and over
  • Beginning

About the Instructor

Dana Norris is the founder and host of Story Club, a monthly Live Lit show for stories. She performs around Chicago with Mortified, The Paper Machete, The Kates, Essay Fiesta, This Much is True, Write Club, Here’s the Story, Guts and Glory, Adult Education, Beast Women, and many others. She has appeared on Live Lit panels at Printer’s Row, The Chicago Theater Conference, and AWP. She once went on a lot of internet dates and she writes about those mistakes for the websites In Our Words and Role Reboot. She has been published in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Tampa Review, and her stories have been featured on Vocalo.org (89.5 FM).

Dana has a BA in Religion and Creative Writing from Wittenberg University, a MA in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago, and a Certificate in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Chicago. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Northwestern University.

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At A Glance

Online course materials available: Tuesday, October 28, 2014

First live chat: Monday, November 3; 6:30pm – 7:30pm CST

Weekly live chats: Mondays: November 3 – 24, 2014

# of weeks: 4

Level: Beginning

Course Fee: $220

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