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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
40 minutes–writing/brainstorming based on a prompt
15 minutes–sharing of writing, questions/clarifications
Big picture outlining
Approach to inmost cave
Big picture outlining
Call to Adventure
Refusal of the call
Meeting with mentor
Crossing the threshold
Tests, allies, enemies
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.
Class Type: 16 SessionsNonfiction
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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$550.00 General Price:
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