Course Details

630: Writing Terrific Characters in Memoirs and Stories

July 15-19, 2019
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM

This course is designed for OLLI members who want to develop strong and unique characters in their stories or memoirs. Two days will be devoted to approaches for creating interesting and believable characters and two days will focus on uses of dialogue as a great approach for strengthening and bringing characters to life. On day five, class members will share the short stories/memoirs they have drafted during the week. Classes are highly interactive and fun, combining discussion, readings, group activities, and sharing.

Class Format: Lecture and Discussion

Hours of Reading: Less than 1 hour/session

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.