Advanced Creative Nonfiction Memoir: Revision, Editing, Workshopping, and Beyond with Patrick O'Neil

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This course will focus on fine tuning your memoir with a heavy emphasis on structure, revision, critique, editing, and finding your supportive writing community. There will be four lectures to read, and we will discuss several topics each week. Students will submit an already completed short work of nonfiction/memoir at the beginning of the course. Over the next three weeks the student submissions will be group workshopped via a discussion forum and each student will give feedback on the other student’s work. Students will then revisit their original submissions and revise them using the workshop critique and suggestions, instructor notes, and the ideas and materials that have been presented and discussed each week. On the final week they will submit their revised manuscript.    

March 6 - April 3, 2017

4-Week Course

CLASS OBJECTIVES

Students will be encouraged to develop their writing and revision skills within the context of Creative Nonfiction Memoir. We will learn to discuss, edit, revise and restructure our work. Our focus will be to learn how to fine tune a working first draft into a submit-able manuscript. The course will encourage students to consider the issues raised in the process of writing memoir, aiming to uncover various methods of confronting potential problems. Through lectures, group workshops, and discussions students will be provided information that they can use to analysis and revise their own writing.

 

WHAT THIS CLASS WILL OFFER

Week 1: Editing – Trusting your editor: Learning how to accept criticism, critique, and feedback.
  • Student introductory discussion, and discussion on topic of lecture.  

  • Students submit short work of nonfiction/memoir (no more than 10 pages) to the group forum for workshopping.  

Week 2: Revision: Wordiness – Cut out the fat: Lean quick prose is the objective.
  • Student discussion on lecture topic.

  • Students workshop each other’s submissions (first half of student submissions).

  • Students work on writing exercise and revising their original submission.  

Week 3: Beginnings, Middles, and Endings – Revising structure, storyline, and all that’s in between.
  • Student discussion on lecture topic

  • Students workshop each other’s submissions (second half of student submissions).

  • Students work on writing exercise and revising their original submission.

Week 4: What’s Missing? Beta readers, workshops, and writing groups.
  • Students discussion on lecture topic, and the revision process.

  • Students submit revised original submission of nonfiction/memoir (no page limit).

ABOUT PATRICK O'NEIL

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Patrick O’Neil is the author of the memoir Gun, Needle, Spoon (Dzanc Books), and the excerpted in part French translation, Hold-Up (13e Note Editions). His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including: Juxtapoz, Salon.com, The Weeklings, Razorcake, Sensitive Skin, Fourteen Hills, and Word Riot.

Patrick is an editor for the NYC-to-California-transplant-post-beat-pre-apocalyptic art, writing, and music anthology Sensitive Skin Magazine. And a two time nominee for Best Of The Net. He is a regular contributor to the recovery website AfterPartyMagazine, and has been blogging at Full Blue Moon Dementia for over ten years. Patrick holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, lives in Hollywood, California, and teaches at a local community college. Check out Patrick's web-site for more information www.patrick-oneil.com and his blog Full Blue Moon Dementia http://patrick-oneil.com/blog/

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