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    Otterbein University
  Feb 20, 2018
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

INST 4030 - Writing Life Stories: The Power of Narrative

Hours: 4
The desire to understand our lives in a nonlinear, hyperlinked world has sent increasing numbers of writers to their desks and has made the memoir a bestselling literary genre. The memoir gives intimate glimpses of important events and people from the writer’s past. A memoir means “memories of,” which may be from a momentous event or may arise from a fragmented visual image of a seemingly trivial event. It is the remembering and telling that make them special and that lead the writer to greater self knowledge and ability to shape a new future. We will examine how writers use their present selves to explore their past selves, and you will write your own memoir essays. In the process of probing the self in its personal and historical depths you will deepen understanding of who you are as an individual and as a member of a family and of larger groups. Designed for students in any major, this class will help you to complete one or two substantial essays, along with shorter pieces and exercises. This is a hybrid course, meaning that we will meet in person once weekly and at other times on line for discussion, uploading, and feedback.