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Writing Memoir

Dates: 3/20/2012 to 5/1/2012
Schedule: Tu 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

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Located in : Center for Documentary Studies, Room 201
Instructor: John Manuel

Regular Student: $270.00

Memoirs are not just the province of the rich and famous. Memoirs can be written by anyone at any point in his or her life and about any aspect of that life. To make a memoir truly readable and interesting, writers need to make choices about what to focus on and how to structure the narrative. The course is designed to introduce students to the many different forms of memoirs and to encourage them to work on their own. Classes will help students find their voice, decide how to frame their stories, and begin writing. The class also offers guidance on publishing your memoir. (16 hours/All Levels)

John Manuel is author of a memoir, The Canoeist (Jefferson Press, 2006), and a natural history primer and guidebook, The Natural Traveler Along North Carolina’s Coast (John Blair, 2003). He is an award-winning journalist who has published articles and essays in state and national magazines, including Audubon, Canoe & Kayak, and Environmental Health Perspectives. He is a former instructor with the Duke Young Writer’s Camp. To see more about his writing, visit

Additional Information

A $10 materials fee is due at the first class.


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