Memoir Writing: Finding Your Story


Course Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost : $829

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This course is part of a certificate program. You can also take it without enrolling in the program.

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About this Course

Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, whose books offer powerful examinations of his harrowing experience in a Nazi concentration camp, once said, “I write to understand as much as to be understood.” Autobiographical writing gives us a unique opportunity to delve deeply into our own lives in order to better comprehend them and to share our stories with others.

This course offers the essential tools and strategies to get started writing your personal autobiographical story. You’ll have the opportunity to explore memories and generate memoir material, and the guidance to zero in on your central themes and narratives. We’ll explore the vital qualities of compelling personal stories and learn how you can use knowledge of these qualities to guide your own choices as a writer of memoir.

Designed For

Those interested in discovering their stories and developing their memoir.

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What You’ll Learn

  • Techniques for identifying a vision for your memoir
  • How to make the most of your writing time
  • The ways that theme, plot, setting and characters contribute to memoir
  • Methods for analyzing others’ writing and giving and receiving feedback
  • How to apply the concepts you’ve learned to future writing projects

Program Overview

To earn the Certificate in Writing, complete any three courses in two years or less.


You should register for all courses individually; there is no application process for the certificate program.

Learning Format

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll stream courses online and interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, web conferencing or phone, all in real time. Learn More »

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You'll earn 3 continuing education units (CEUs) for successfully completing this course. Learn more about noncredit options.

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