Memoirs: Writing Your Life (Full)

Sandra Brusin, Senior Lecturer

Course: ENGLISH 192, SEM 002
Class Number: 37109
Credits: 3 HU
Time: MW 12:30 – 1:45 PM
Place: CRT 321

Course Description:

Memoir differs from autobiography by focusing on a significant moment in a life as opposed to the collective moments from birth to the present that compose a life. It also relies on emotional truth, not just factual truth. Thus how you remember an event, your perceptions and feelings shape what's "true."

Work Involved:

In this class, we will study the genre of memoir writing by reading a selection of memoirs, analyzing what makes them successful, and applying what we learn by writing a memoir about a particular person or event of significance.

About the Instructor:

Sandy Brusin is a Senior Lecturer at UWM, Assistant Director of First-year Writing, and teaches first-year composition courses and English 201. She developed her interest in memoir writing and began publishing memoirs while completing her MA in English at UWM. Sandy loves her family, teaching, traveling, biking, hiking, cooking, music, eating chocolate, the color purple, and her Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier dog, Teddy Bear. All of her "loves" have been subjects for her memoir writing.