Learn how to write a powerful memoir that will engage readers for years to come! Everyone has a story to tell (or multiple stories for that matter) which is why contemporary memoir—a form of autobiography where everyday people tell their stories—has become such a popular genre. Memoir, much like fiction, relies on literary tools such as character development, vivid scenes, structure, and plot to craft a compelling storyline and produce evocative, page-turning, funny, and novel-like final products. In this class, you will learn about memoirs that succeeded and why they worked, as well as become familiar with techniques on how to get started on your own memoir (or personal essay), and how to structure your stories. You will develop your storytelling skills and share your personal transformation narrative in a compelling way. Class time will be spent on discussion, exercises, and sharing. We will also cover the publication process, including how to go about finding an agent and/or publisher, and how to pitch and market your work.