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Intro to Memoir Writing with Matt Ferraz

Date(s): Mondays, October 19 - 26, 2020, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Arizona time
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Type(s):
Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Creative Nonfiction, Memoir, Mixed Genre, Personal Essays
Cost: $89

About the Class

Would you like to share your life experience with the world? Crafting a memoir book or essay can be tough if you never tried it before. This workshop was created to make that process easier and more fulfilling for you.

Let’s start by answering the first and most important question: what is a memoir? To put it in simple words, a memoir is a book or an essay that tells a real-life story in an interesting and compelling way. Its main goal isn’t to share historical information, but rather to put the reader on the author’s shoes and make them feel what the author felt.

Remember: a memoir is a piece of literature, and literature is subjective. There are no rules on how to do literature right, but there are principles. And since memoir is all about real-life events, you should observe these principles while crafting your story.

Meet Your Instructor

Photograph of Matt Ferraz

Matt Ferraz is a Brazilian author with works published in English, Portuguese and Italian. With a degree in journalism and a master's in biography at the University of Buckingham, in the UK, Matt created the Intro to Memoir course for the Batwa tribe in Uganda. Through these classes, Matt taught the Batwa how to write about their own life experiences with remarkable success, and is now bringing the project to other parts of the world.

About the Piper Writers Studio

The Piper Writers Studio is committed to supporting writers in every stage of their development by providing challenging, diverse, and accessible educational opportunities. All classes are not-for-credit, and are intended for an open to the public. You do not need to be an ASU student to attend. Writers of all backgrounds, genres, and experience levels are welcome. Discounts for students, senior citizens, individuals experiencing economic challenges, and other groups are available for every class. To learn more about the Piper Writer Studio, visit our website at http://piper.asu.edu/classes/about.