Creative Nonfiction & Memoir Workshop Syllabus

Instructor:  Jennifer Andrews   Office Hours:  by appointment

Phone: 617.710.9999Email:  jandrews@berklee.edu

8-WEEK syllabus                                   

WEEK 1:      

*DISCUSS CNF/MEMIOR AND CLASS READINGS/OUTLINE

*DISCUSS PROJECT PROPOSALS (MEMOIR/CNF)

*IN CLASS WRITING X/SIGNIFICANT MOMENT

READ:  LETHAL WEAPON & “YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS” FOR WK 2

EMAIL: PROPOSALS TO CLASS

BRING: EDITING HANDOUTS TO CLASS WK 2

 

WEEK 2:

*PROPOSAL DUE

* SIGNIFICANT MOMENT DUE

*DISCUSS LETHAL WEAPON & “YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS”

*EDITING WORKSHOP (HANDOUTS)

*EDIT SIGNIFICANT MOMENT W/ PARTNER IN CLASS

READ:  ZINSSER I FOR WK 3

HOMEWK:  REVISE SIGNIFICANT MOMENT

EMAIL: SIGNIFICANT MOMENT TO CLASS FOR WK 3 WORKSHOP

 

WEEK 3:      

*DISCUSS ZINSSER I

*WORKSHOP SIGNIFICANT MOMENT

*IN CLASS X RE: TELLING DETAILS

*IN CLASS X RE:  SENSORY DETAILS

*IN CLASS X RE: EDITING EXERCISES (HAND OUTS)

HOMEWK: FINAL REVISION OF SIGNIFICANT MOMENT DUE WK 4

WRITE: CHARACTER SKETCH (BASED ON LETHAL WEAPON)  & EDIT W/ PARTNER

EMAIL: REVISED CHARACTER SKETCH TO CLASS FOR WK 4 WORKSHOP

READ: MRS. KELLY’S MONSTER & ZINSSER II

 

WEEK 4:

*FINAL SIGNIFICANT MOMENT DUE

*WORKSHOP CHARACTER SKETCH IN CLASS

*DISCUSS ZINSSER II: LEDES & ENDINGS (OPENINGS/CLOSINGS)

*DISCUSS PLACE/SETTING RE: MRS. KELLY’S MONSTER

*IN CLASS X RE: PLACE & SETTING

HOMEWK: FINAL REVISION F CHARACTER SKETCH DUE WK 5

WRITE: PLACE SKETCH (BASED ON MRS. KELLY’S MONSTER)  & EDIT W/ PARTNER

EMAIL: REVISED PLACE SKETCH TO CLASS FOR WK 5 WORKSHOP

READ: THE TELEPHONE & & TEN STAGES OF THE INTERVIEW& ZINSSER 12 & 14

 

WEEK 5:      

*FINAL CHARACTER SKETCH DUE

*WORKSHOP PLACE SKETCH IN CLASS

*DISCUSS TEN STAGES OF THE INTERVIEW & & ZINSSER 12 & 14

*IN CLASS X RE: INTERVIEW EXERCISES/QUESTIONS

*DISCUSS THE TELEPHONE & OBJECT/OCCASION AS FRAME/PURPOSE

*IN CLASS X RE: OBJ/OCC AROUND WHICH A PIECE CAN BE BORNE/WRITTEN

HOMEWK: FINAL REVISION OF PLACE SKETCH & INTERVIEW QUESTIONS DUE WK 6

WRITE: OBJ/OCC SKETCH (BASED ON THE TELEPHONE)  & EDIT W/ PARTNER

EMAIL: REVISED OBJ/OCC SKETCH TO CLASS FOR WK 6 WORKSHOP

READ:  BURL’S & HEROINE (PERSONAL ESSAYS/MEMOIR)

 

WEEK 6:

*FINAL PLACE SKETCH DUE     

*WORKSHOP OBJ/OCC SKETCH

*PREPARE FOR INTERVIEW: REVIEW EXERCISES AND 10 QUESTIONS DUE

*DISCUSS BURL’S & HEROINE IN TERMS OF STRUCTURE/FRAMES, TRANSITIONS/TIMING, THEMES/MOTIFS & SCENES, AND WRITING A PIECE BORNE FROM AN OCCASION OR OBJECT

HOMEWORK: FINAL REVISION OF OBJ/OCC SKETCH DUE WK 7

INTERVIEW: YOUR SOURCE & INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION DUE WK 7

 

WEEK 7:

*FINAL OBJ/OCC SKETCH DUE

*INTERVIEW DUE (DISCUSS & DECOMPRESS)

*DISCUSS SCENES

*DISCUSS THE HUMAN CONDITION/UNIVERSAL THEMES

*IN CLASS X RE: 3 KEY SCENES RE: PROJECT

WRITE: WRITE A 2ND OBJECT/OCCASION PIECE EMPLOYING 3 KEY SCENES, INTERVIEW MATERIAL/QUOTES & EDIT W/ PARTNER

EMAIL: REVISED 2ND OBJ/OCC SKETCH TO CLASS FOR WK 8 WORKSHOP

BRING: A JOURNAL/MAGAZINE YOU’D LIKE TO BE PUBLISHED IN FOR WK 8

READ: ZINSSER 21, 22, 23 & 24 (BEFORE REVISING 2ND OBJ/OCC SKETCH)

 

WEEK 8:

*WORKSHOP 2ND OBJ/OCC SKETCH

*DISCUSS ZINSSER 21, 22, 23 & 24

*DISCUSS FOLDING ALL MATERIAL INTO A PIECE AND ITS SHAPE/FRAME

*DISCUSS RESONANCE

*DISCUSS QUERIES. P&W, AND PROFILING MAGAZINES

*IN CLASS X RE: QUERY LETTER

 

Materials:  

Notebook & Pencils (for editing)

 

Texts:

On Writing Well, William Zinsser (30th Anniversary Edition)

*order via amazon.com

 

Reading Packet:

Excerpts: “Journalisism of Re-remembering,” and “You Must Remember This”

"Anecdote Exercises" from From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction

Leathal Weapon, Blais

Mrs. Kelly’s Monster, Franklin

The Telephone, Accawi

Burl’s, Cooper

Heroin, Strayed

"Ten Stages of the Interview"

*Pick up at The Printery, 631 Tyler St, Port Townsend, WA.

 

Suggested Texts:

The Elements of Style, William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White

A Writer’s Pocket Reference Guide, Diana Hacker