[This class is sold out! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the wait list.] At its core, a good memoir is a good story. It has a narrative arc, compelling characters, effective dialogue, an engaging perspective, and a protagonist with self-awareness (or, at least, a developing sense of it). In this course, we’ll learn tactics for turning personal and family tales into muscular stories with universal appeal. During sessions one and two, we’ll use writing prompts and class discussion to learn memoir basics: story structure, character development, dialogue, and ethical considerations for writing about family members and loved ones. Then, in sessions three and four, we’ll offer feedback on one another’s work through instructor-guided MFA-style workshopping sessions. Note: This class meets 4 Thursdays, November 8, 15, 29 and December 6.