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Memoir Writing: Writing Your Story


Course Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 9 weeks
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost : $799

Next Start Date:

March 30, 2022

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

In this course, you’ll put pen to paper and begin writing your memoir or personal essay collection. We’ll cover the essential aspects of the process: accountability, deadlines, feedback and support. You’ll create a plan for your manuscript and learn how to implement that plan. We’ll discuss the qualities of a unified and compelling chapter, as well as alternative modes of structuring personal narratives. We’ll also explore strategies for editing your work and for navigating the publication process. You’ll receive instructor and peer feedback on your work throughout the course.  

Designed For

Those who are ready to write the opening chapters of their memoir or the first several personal essays of a collection. You must have completed Memoir Writing: Structuring Your Story before taking this course.

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What You’ll Learn

  • The process for creating a manuscript outline and overview
  • Techniques for crafting an opening chapter that pulls the reader in and introduces them to the world of the book
  • Ways to plant crucial information, imagery and themes early in the work
  • How to write a book proposal
  • Tips for finding and querying a literary agent

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

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 »

Course Sessions

Online With Real-Time Meetings


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

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