New Course: Creating Life Histories

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This is the course graduate students have asked for — if you are a student in Writing and New Media, Heritage and Social History, or Cultural Studies, this course is for you!

Writing and New Media 605: Creating Life Histories

Opening in June, WRNM 605: Creating Life Histories, focuses on the methodologies of oral history, memoir and autobiography. It examines the processes of researching and recording/writing each life history method, and it addresses ethical issues as well as concerns about privacy and truthfulness. It offers students an opportunity to begin a project using one of the methods with reflection on the process and feedback from the instructor. It is ideal for students who wish to use one of these methods in their graduate research project. And it’s a fun course!

In WRNM 605 students will:
  • investigate and critique on-line resources for oral histories
  • read and analyze a memoir
  • begin working on one of three writing projects: an oral history; a memoir; or an autobiography, guided by course readings and feedback from the instructor
WRNM 605 will help students learn the techniques, pitfalls and the challenges of oral histories, and of writing memoirs and autobiographies, learning from texts by award winning writers.
“In some ways writing a memoir is knocking yourself out with your own fist, if it’s done right” ~ Mary Karr, WRNM 605 resource author

WRNM 605 is an individualized study course with a six month contract period and is available to MA-IS program students and any visiting graduate students at Athabasca University.