Memoir Essentials Class with Dr. Karen Fine, Monday Nights from 7 PM to 9 PM, starting September 16th, 2024

$250.00

Dr. Karen Fine is a holistic veterinarian and a renowned author, known for her memoir “The Other Family Doctor: A Veterinarian Explores What Animals Can Teach Us About Love, Life and Mortality.” With over twenty-five years of experience in veterinary house calls and a deep understanding of narrative medicine, Dr. Fine brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to her teaching. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, and she continues to practice small animal medicine in Central Massachusetts.

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Description: This eight-week Memoir Essentials class, taught by Dr. Karen Fine, will guide participants through the process of writing a compelling and authentic memoir. Dr. Fine will share her expertise in narrative medicine, the human-animal bond, and the emotional depths of memoir writing. Participants will learn how to structure their memoirs, develop their voice, and incorporate their unique life experiences into their writing. Additionally, one or two student memoir pieces will be discussed each week, providing an opportunity for constructive feedback.

Week-by-Week Breakdown

Week 1: Introduction to Memoir Writing

Topics Covered:

  • What is a memoir?
  • Differences between memoir and autobiography
  • The importance of authenticity

 

Activities:

  • Group introductions and sharing of memoir ideas
  • Writing prompt: Describe a pivotal moment in your life
  • Feedback: Discuss one or two student memoir pieces

Week 2: Finding Your Voice

Topics Covered:

  • Developing a unique narrative voice
  • Balancing honesty with storytelling

 

Activities:

  • Voice exercises and readings
  • Writing prompt: Write about a significant relationship in your life
  • Feedback: Discuss one or two student memoir pieces

Week 3: Structuring Your Memoir

Topics Covered:

  • Common structures of memoirs
  • Creating a compelling narrative arc

 

Activities:

  • Outlining exercises
  • Writing prompt: Outline a chapter of your memoir
  • Feedback: Discuss one or two student memoir pieces

Week 4: The Role of Reflection and Analysis

Topics Covered:

  • Integrating personal reflection
  • Analyzing life events with depth

 

Activities:

  • Reflection exercises
  • Writing prompt: Reflect on a lesson learned from a life event
  • Feedback: Discuss one or two student memoir pieces

Week 5: Writing About Relationships

Topics Covered:

  • Portraying characters in memoir
  • Navigating sensitive topics and relationships

 

Activities:

  • Character sketches
  • Writing prompt: Write a scene focusing on a key relationship
  • Feedback: Discuss one or two student memoir pieces

Week 6: Incorporating Sensory Details

Topics Covered:

  • Using sensory details to bring scenes to life
  • Balancing description with action

 

Activities:

  • Sensory detail exercises
  • Writing prompt: Describe a place that holds significant meaning to you
  • Feedback: Discuss one or two student memoir pieces

Week 7: The Role of Animals in Memoirs

Topics Covered:

  • Writing about animals and their impact on our lives
  • Dr. Fine’s experiences and insights from “The Other Family Doctor”

 

Activities:

  • Writing about an animal that has influenced your life
  • Discussion on the human-animal bond
  • Feedback: Discuss one or two student memoir pieces

Week 8: Revision and Feedback

Topics Covered:

  • Techniques for revising and polishing your memoir
  • Giving and receiving constructive feedback

 

Activities:

  • Peer review sessions
  • Final revisions and sharing excerpts
  • Feedback: Discuss one or two student memoir pieces

Additional Features

  • Reading Assignments: Selected readings from notable memoirs, including excerpts from Dr. Fine’s works.
  • Writing Resources: Handouts on memoir techniques, narrative structure, and editing tips.

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