Reading and Writing Memoir

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As you think about leaving home and childhood’s end, you may find yourself reflecting on your life to date.  The liminal state of the spring-term senior presents a ripe opportunity for memoir.  In this course, we will explore the range of genres, styles, and techniques evinced in the work of great memoirists – from Hemingway to Joan Didion to Jimmy Santiago Baca and Sarah Suleri. While reading prose memoir, poetic memoir, food memoir, and memoir-comic, we will produce our own autobiographical compositions through a term-long writing process.  Shorter-term analytical assessments, a creative imitation, and presentation projects will help us engage with and learn from the best in the field.  As part of our culminating experience, we will share selections from our stories with the broader Catlin Gabel community.