Writing The Truth: How to Start Writing Your Memoir skillshare originals badge

Mary Karr, Memoirist & Poet

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9 Lessons (56m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:34
    • 2. Jumpstarting Your Memory

      10:10
    • 3. Creating a Commonplace Book

      2:43
    • 4. Developing Your Voice

      10:00
    • 5. Writing With Carnality

      8:32
    • 6. Writing With Interiority

      9:05
    • 7. Truth of Memory

      9:32
    • 8. Final Thoughts

      3:39
    • 9. Explore More Classes on Skillshare

      0:33
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Project Description

Choose one of Mary's exercises to complete and post as your class project!

Whether you're writing about an embarrassing moment, a letter to yourself or describing a memory in such a way that we're right there with you, we can't wait to see what you write!

As a reminder, here are the exercises Mary walks through in the class. 

  • Exercise I: Write a letter to someone you know about an event that embarrasses you
    • Try writing it to different people and see how your voice changes (your boss vs. your mom vs. your best friend)
    • How do you represent yourself? What are the different things you change based on who the letter is directed to?
  • Exercise II: Write down everything you remember about a childhood memory
    • Think about a holiday meal and what you smelled, then expand from there
    • What are you wearing? What do you feel? What do you hear? Who do you see?
  • Exercise III: Practice writing with interiority using the memory in Exercise II
    • Address the child in your memory and use your feelings then and now to move through time
    • What did you feel then, in that moment? How do you feel now, remembering? What do you wish for the child version of yourself?
  • Exercise IV: Write about a (non-traumatic) dramatic moment in your life from the other person’s point of view
    • This exercise can help with perspective and to clarify your point of view
    • How would that person think of you then? What about now? How did this moment affect them?

 

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