About this Course
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Available languages

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Subtitles: English

Skills you will gain

English LanguageCreative WritingStorytellingmemoir
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Hours to complete

Approx. 11 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Developing a Narrator in First Person Writing

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Reading
4 videos (Total 31 min), 1 quiz
Video4 videos
What's Important?7m
Intimacy and Formality6m
Narrator's Perspective10m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

The Journey

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Reading
4 videos (Total 35 min), 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Where to Begin8m
Momentum6m
Sequence and Conflict8m
Week
3
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Finding Your Voice

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Reading
4 videos (Total 33 min), 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Language and Resonance8m
Using Humor and Self-Effacement8m
A Conversation with Amy Bloom about Dialogue11m
Week
4
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

What's Your Point?

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Reading
3 videos (Total 19 min), 1 quiz
Video3 videos
Understatement6m
Discovery and Insight4m

Instructor

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Ariel Levy

Visiting Scholar
Shapiro Center for Writing

About Wesleyan University

At Wesleyan, distinguished scholar-teachers work closely with students, taking advantage of fluidity among disciplines to explore the world with a variety of tools. The university seeks to build a diverse, energetic community of students, faculty, and staff who think critically and creatively and who value independence of mind and generosity of spirit. ...

About the Memoir and Personal Essay: Write About Yourself Specialization

How To Write About Yourself...so that someone else wants to read it! This is the heart of this Coursera specialization in Memoir and Personal Essay. Masters of both genres share tips, prompts, exercises, readings and challenges to help every writer imagine, construct and write compelling pieces of non-fiction's most popular form: the personal narrative....
Memoir and Personal Essay: Write About Yourself

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