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Threads and Themes: Discovering the Why of Your Memoir with Geoffrey Bankowski


The first draft of memoir writing and personal essays requires detailed, vivid storytelling. Rarely do these stories cohere on their own, however. It's a skill of its own to step back and assess what you've written, to look for emergent patterns, threads, and themes that can then be more fully explored and developed. This course will provide guidelines and techniques to thoughtfully assess your important stories and begin shaping a larger, more complex work. Geoffrey Bankowski has an MFA from the University of Michigan and has taught writing for over 20 years.