Writing a Creative Memoir
Instructor: Roseanne Dowell
Everyone has a story to tell, why not tell yours. Your children and grandchildren have no idea what it was like when you were growing up. Only you can tell them. Learn how to write your memoirs in a creative, exciting way. No one wants to read – I was born on…How much more interesting is – I entered the world on November 6, 1940. Mother said right from the beginning she knew I’d be…..
In each session Roseanne will show you how to write your memoirs, what to include and give examples. Roseanne will work with each student one on one through email.
Session 1 – What is a Memoir?
Objective – Characteristics and what makes up a memoir.
Description – Roseanne describes each characteristic and element of a memoir.
Session 2 – Who Am I? What to Include - Organizing Your Thoughts
Objective – How to begin, what to include, and putting your thoughts on paper
Description -Roseanne will show you where to begin and how to organize your thoughts and your memoirs
Session 3 –Characters - Adding characters
Objective –Thinking of real people as characters. Making characters dimensional.
Description -Roseanne shows you how to create character profiles.
Session 4 –Descriptions - Using the senses.
Objective – Learning to use the senses and finding the right words.
Description – Roseanne shows you how to merge description with point of view
Session 5 – Action Speak Louder than Words
Objective – Learning how to Show, not tell a story
Description – Roseanne shows you how to use dialogue, action and thoughts to show your story.
Session 6 – Writing a Rough Draft
Objective – Putting your memories in chronological order. Adding flashbacks
Description -Roseanne shows you how to arrange your memoirs chronologically and using flashbacks.
Session 7 - Revising and Publishing
Objective –Revising, adding pictures, and publishing your memoirs.
Description –Finally, Roseanne shows you how to polish your memoirs and where to go from here.
Start Date: Ongoing, restarts every two weeks
Duration 7 weeks.
Limit 10 students
Class Materials Instructor will be provided by instructor.
Individual Tutoring available -$35 extra mentoring
ROSEANNE DOWELL: As the second youngest of six children, Roseanne always had a vivid imagination and loved to make up stories. She often sat and daydreamed about imaginary characters and lost herself in books and make-believe worlds.
Roseanne especially loves reading and writing mystery and romance – mysteries combined with romance are her all time favorites. Her favorite authors are Mary Higgins Clark and Nora Roberts.
Her love of writing began as a teenager, but it wasn’t until recent years that she pursued it seriously, when she admitted in a discussion at her book club that she always regretted not writing. With encouragement from fellow book-club members, NEORWA and her husband, Roseanne began writing and submitting her work.
Although Satin Sheets is her first published novel, she has over forty articles and stories published in magazines such as Good Old Days, Nostalgia, and Ohio Writer along with several online publications. Satin Sheets was nominated for the IPPY Award and was a finalist in the Reader’s Choice Award from Author Island.
Besides teaching three writing courses for Long Story School of Writing, Roseanne teaches a writing course at Cuyahoga Community College. She was the Senior Editor of an online magazine and wrote two columns.
In her spare time, Roseanne enjoys spending time with her six children and thirteen grandchildren. Her hobbies include ceramics, knitting, quilting, and jewelry making. But her first love is writing. Roseanne resides with her husband of forty-five years in Northeast Ohio. You can visit Roseanne’s website at: http://www.roseannedowell.com