New Course: Creating Life Histories
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!
- 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
“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