Course Catalog

Memoir As Quest

Students will outline their memoirs and write critical scenes as we explore the intersection of the hero’s journey and the three-act narrative. We’ll study the difference between situation and story, working unwieldy experiences into narrative arcs. A class for those struggling with the “where to begin” and the “which parts to tell,” those hoping for a better understanding of story structure, or those wondering which will suit their story best – an experimental or a traditional form.

Memoir as Quest is about how to effectively outline & better write your memoir, using the three-act narrative structure in conjunction with Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey.

The course will be 16 weeks long, and will include a mixture of lecture/instruction, writing prompts, and workshop. Each class period will look as outlined below.

(with the exception of the last few weeks of class, which are dedicated to workshop. Each student will have 30-45 minutes to get feedback from the entire class on a portion of work created during the course).

10 minutes–questions, clarifications, discussion of previous week’s homework

45 minutes–lesson on structure/craft

10 minutes–break

40 minutes–writing/brainstorming based on a prompt

15 minutes–sharing of writing, questions/clarifications

Session 1

Big picture outlining

Session 9

Approach to inmost cave

Session 2

Big picture outlining

Session 10


Session 3

Ordinary World

Session 11

Road back/resurrection

Session 4

Call to Adventure

Session 12


Session 5

Refusal of the call

Session 13


Session 6

Meeting with mentor

Session 14


Session 7

Crossing the threshold

Session 15


Session 8

Tests, allies, enemies

Session 16


Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.

If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.

If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.

Instructor: Nicole Hardy

Class Type: 16 Sessions

Start Date: 10/15/2015

No Class On: November 26

End Date: 03/03/2016

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Nicole Hardy

Nicole Hardy is the author of the memoir Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin and the poetry collections This Blonde and Mud Flap Girl's XX Guide to Facial Profiling — a chapbook of pop-culture inspired sonnets.

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