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English

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English LanguageCreative WritingStorytellingmemoir

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Approx. 10 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

Developing a Narrator in First Person Writing

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

Week 2

3 hours to complete

The Journey

3 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 35 min)
4 videos
Where to Begin8m
Momentum6m
Sequence and Conflict8m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Finding Your Voice

3 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 33 min)
4 videos
Language and Resonance8m
Using Humor and Self-Effacement8m
A Conversation with Amy Bloom about Dialogue11m
Week
4

Week 4

2 hours to complete

What's Your Point?

2 hours to complete
3 videos (Total 19 min)
3 videos
Understatement6m
Discovery and Insight4m

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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