Stephanie Anderson

Creative Writing

Stephanie Anderson holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative nonfiction from Florida Atlantic University. Her work has appeared in Devil’s Lake, The Chronicle Review, SCOPE Magazine, and Farm and Ranch Living. Stephanie has taught undergraduate creative writing and composition courses at Florida Atlantic University, and her awards include the Aisling Award in Nonfiction from Coastlines literary magazine, the College of Arts and Letters Advisory Board Student Award, and the Swann Scholarship. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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Turning Personal Stories into Memoir

A Writing Workshop Devoted to Practicing the Art of Personal Storytelling

We all have stories—hidden away in our memories, scribbled in journals, captured in photo albums. This workshop invites individuals of all writing levels to transform their personal experiences into compelling prose. Through in-class exercises, group discussions, and optional at-home readings, students will study the memoir form and build their writing and storytelling skills. By the end of the workshop, students will have made significant progress in transforming personal stories into memoirs.

To receive the most value from the class, students are encouraged to submit one new or existing draft to the instructor for feedback and guidance. Each week the workshop will focus on a particular craft element to help students understand and practice the art of memoir. Students will have the opportunity to discuss specific concerns they have about their writing, as well as share portions of their work in a welcoming environment. An important goal of this workshop is to create and learn from a community of writers.

Enrollment for this class is limited to 25 students. Please enroll early.
Four Lectures
  1. Intro to the Memoir Form - What is a memoir? What makes personal storytelling different from other forms of creative writing? What craft techniques from other forms (fiction or poetry) can improve nonfiction work?
  2. Writing in Scene and Imagery - What does it mean to write “in scene”? How do writers balance scene and summary? Why is the image an important craft element? How do writers create vivid imagery in their work?
  3. Character and Dialogue - How do writers become characters in their own story? How do writers deploy effective dialogue?
  4. Theme: Finding the Emotional Core - How do writers connection their personal stories with larger themes?

Course # S4F6 — First 4 Weeks
Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
Dates:Fridays, March 27; April 3, 10, 17 2015
Time:1:30 - 3 PM
Fee:$34 / member; $54 / non-member
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