Stephanie Anderson is a writer
living in Boca Raton, Florida. Her
work has appeared or is
forthcoming in The Rumpus, Hotel
Amerika, The Pinch, Kudzu House
Quarterly, Grist Journal, The
Chronicle Review, Sweet and
others. Her debut nonfiction book, “One Size Fits
None: A Farm Girl’s Search for the Promise of
Regenerative Agriculture,” is forthcoming with
University of Nebraska Press in January 2019.
Stephanie holds an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from
Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, where she
currently serves as Instructor of English teaching
creative writing, composition, literary interpretation,
professional writing and other writing and literature
courses. She has also taught workshops in poetry and
memoir at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at FAU.
For more information on Stephanie, please visit www.stephanieandersonwriting.com.
- "This was a wonderful course! I really enjoyed it!"
- "Excellent teacher in all areas including her passion and personality."
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.
- 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?
- 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?
- Character and Dialogue - How do writers become characters in their own story? How do writers deploy effective dialogue?
- 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|