Course Details

620: Writing Stories/Memoir--Beginning a Narrative Arc

July 16-20
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

This 5-day writing class will introduce writers to the narrative arc. For beginners and experienced writers alike, the narrative arc is a structure to guide story writers or memoirists. Through interactive and supportive classroom exercises and discussions, class members will learn to organize their stories with a beginning, a middle, and an end. They will explore the incitings incident, rising and falling action, and climax or turning points of stories. By the end of the week, students will draft and share a 5-page fiction story or memoir.

Class Format: Lecture and Discussion

Hours of Reading: No reading

Study Group Leader(s):

Marilyn Smith
Marilyn Smith earned a PhD in education policy/higher education, an MA in Reading Education, and has taken numerous writing classes from The Writer’s Center. Marilyn has had two books published—a memoir and a women’s health anthology—as well as numerous academic articles and reports. She has taught memoir and other forms of writing and editing throughout the DC area for several years.