01/05 Beginning the Memoir Part 1 with Tom Larson
Beginning the Memoir I
In the first of this two-part course, we’ll discuss strategies for beginning a memoir. What is my memoir about? Where do I begin? How do I generate the material that will focus my memoir?
We’ll include short readings of memoir openings; several writing assignments about significant people, places, events, emotions, and intimate moments; and drafting the first five to ten pages of a memoir.
Thomas Larson is the author of Memoir and the Memoirist and, most recently, The Saddest Music Ever Written: The Story of Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings.” He writes personal essays, memoir, nonfiction, and music and literary criticism. He is also the editor of A Year in Ink, the Ink Spot’s first anthology in 2008. He is a contributing writer for the San Diego Reader where, since 1999, he has specialized in narrative nonfiction and profiles. Larson’s work has appeared in many literary magazines and journals, among them The Missouri Review, The Gettysburg Review, Southwest Review, Antioch Review, Agni, Counterpunch, Chicago Reader, The San Diego Union-Tribune, and New Letters Anchor Essay Annual: The Best of 1997. www.thomaslarson.com
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