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Thomas Larson teaches Keep the Memoir Going

Date: First Class is Tuesday, Jan. 10th, 2012 Time: 7pm to 9:30 pm Number of sessions: 8-- Tuesdays Jan. 10-Feb. 28, 2012 Members: $310 Nonmembers: $370 Location: The Inkspot, 710 13th St, Ste 210, San Diego, CA 92101

I’ve been involved with teaching and writing memoir for a decade now, and the growth, resilience, and experimental nature of the form continues to astound me. We seem to have evolved from the full-length chronological memoir toward new types of personal narrative, books that are shorter, concentrated, and highly selective.

This eight-week class, open to all levels of memoir writers, will continue to offer ways to keep the memoir going but with an added element: we will explore several new forms, including the hybrid, the intentional, the emotional, the essayistic, and the thematic memoir both in print and online.

There will be lecture, in-class writing, readings of published and online memoirs, and read-and-critique sessions. I’d also like to read a fine example of an emotionally-based, non-chronological, now-centered, and person-obsessed memoir, Mary Gordon’s Circling My Mother (2007).


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.