An event every week that begins at 9:30am on Thursday, repeating until May 11, 2017
Instructor: Sharon Harrigan
Cost: $189 Members | $210 Non-members
8 Thursdays, March 23, 2017 – May 11, 2017 | 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
**This class is only open to students who registered for the Your Life as a Story class offered during the winter 2017 term.
Learn how to turn your experiences into a true story that is as engaging as a novel. Find out how book-length memoirs can use the tools of fiction, such as vivid sensory detail, evocative settings, and fully rounded characters. Flesh out scenes with specific, telling detail to make them as moving on the page as they were in life. Writers in all stages are welcome, whether you are starting with a personal essay or two you’d like to turn into a book, you already have a book manuscript, or you are just starting with an idea. We will talk about the differences between memoir and autobiography and how choosing what not to tell is as important as choosing what to tell. We will do in-class writing prompts and read short passages from memoir masters to illustrate how to solve tricky problems. Each participant will be workshopped at least once, with an option to meet individually after class with the instructor on the day of workshop.
Sharon Harrigan has a B.A. in English from Columbia University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific University. She has been teaching memoir writing at WriterHouse in Charlottesville since 2014.
Sharon has published over four dozen essays, reviews, and short stories. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Virginia Quarterly Review, Pleiades, Slice, Narrative, Pearl, Prime Number, Silk Road, Mid American Review, Louisiana Literature, Apercus Quarterly, Rain Taxi, Hip Mama, Fiction Writers’ Review, Streetlight Magazine, Passing Through Journal, The Nervous Breakdown, and The Rumpus. She is a contributing editor at The Nervous Breakdown and at Silk Road Review.
Sharon’s current and former students have published their work in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, The Rumpus, NPR, Gravel, The Guardian, Gettysburg Review, Bay Journal, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Living Luthern Magazine, Mothers Always Write, Fluvanna Review, Charlottesville Family, The Ethos Collection, and Strong 4 LIfe, among others.