Uncover potent moments from your past through the basic elements of memoir: sensory detail, scene versus summary, dialogue, time shifts, tension, and voice. Read great memoirists to get started. Do in-class exercises and work with peers. Hand in weekly pages for comprehensive instructor feedback. Leave the class with a body of writing.
Louise Nayer M.F.A. has been a professor of English and creative writing for over 30 years. Her book Burned: A Memoir won the 2011 Wisconsin Library Association Award and was an Oprah Magazine “Good Read.” Her newest book is Poised for Retirement: From Anxiety to Zen. She is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto.