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Memoir Writing: Finding Your Story


Course Details

  • Location: UW Seattle
  • Duration: 11 weeks
  • Times: Evenings

Next Start Date:

September 30, 2020

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 your own in terms of narrative arc, voice, theme, character development, and place
  • How to apply the concepts you’ve learned to future writing projects

Program Overview

To earn the Certificate in Writing, you need to complete 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


Attend classes part time at one of our convenient locations in the Puget Sound region. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. Learn More »

Course Sessions


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