Once Upon a Life(Time) – CANCELLED

Thursday

3:10 PM ‚Äď 4:50 PM

9/14, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9

Participants discover ways to organize and record the chapters of their lives in a thoughtful, meaningful way for family and future generations to treasure.  Those just beginning to gather their thoughts for their memoir journey, as well as those who have already begun the process, are welcome. 

 

Syllabus: Once Upon A Lifetime:  Milestones and Memories

Leslie Kerr 

 The objective of this course is to help students organize and record the chapters of their lives in a thoughtful, meaningful way for family and future generations to treasure.  Those just starting to gather their thoughts for their memoir journey are welcome, as well as those who have been recording the events of their lives for this class or independently.  All are welcome.

 

Week 1.    Participants will share what inspired them to take the course.  Explore why people read memoirs; what is a memoir (characteristics); what makes a memoir meaningful,  memorable, and interesting?  Instructor will provide writing prompt to help participants begin to think about events in their lives and begin to write.  Students will be asked to start a list of what they would like to include in their memoirs.

 

Week 2. ¬† ¬† ¬†Participants will explore what counts as ideas and content for a memoir; discuss the characteristics of a memoir and where to begin.¬† Class will discuss ‚Äúmapping‚ÄĚ and how it is used in writing memoirs.¬†

 

Week 3. ¬† ¬†Using the mapping exercise, participants will discuss the organization of their memoir in preparation to write: Is the Event Clear and Focused?; How Do I Stay ‚ÄúOn Topic‚ÄĚ, i.e., is my main idea clear from episode to episode?; Have I Written in First Person?; Is the Episode Based on Truth?; Is the Episode Based on the Writer‚Äôs Experience and Not the Event Itself?

 

Week 4.   Class members will begin to share their work.  Feedback and constructive comments will be offered from instructor and participants.

Week 5. ¬† ¬†of Fundamentals of Writing‚ÄĒways to make writing stronger.¬† Goal is to strengthen our writing so our readers will enjoy the memoir experiences ‚Äúfirst-hand‚ÄĚ, based on the writer‚Äôs vivid descriptions.

 

Week 6.    Participants continue to share their work.

 

Week 7. ¬† ¬†Discuss ways memoirs can be ‚Äúpresented‚ÄĚ and/or published.¬† Final drafts of work thus far will be shared and critiqued.¬† Suggestions will be provided as how to keep writing after the class ends.

 

Week 8.    Discuss what participants have learned over the course of the last eight weeks.  Participants will share their memoir experiences recorded to this point and given strategies to complete this very worthwhile project once the class has ended.

Facilitator: Leslie Kerr

Leslie Kerr has been a writer, editor and educator working with novice and seasoned writers for over 40 years. She has led workshops and seminars on writing across the United States and Australia.  Dr. Kerr is the author of Harriet Quimby: Flying Fair Lady and Through These Portals: The Life of Showman Earl Carroll and is the owner of LKB Associates, an editorial consulting firm in Westport, Connecticut.