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Earn a Certificate upon completion

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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Approx. 11 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

How to Begin... and How to Continue

3 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 41 min)
5 videos
Five Nouns9m
Open the Window6m
Foibles, Fallibilities, and Flaws6m
A Conversation with Said Sayrafiezadeh11m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

How Not to Fail

3 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 39 min)
5 videos
Out of the Ditch5m
Building As You Go6m
A Little Distance5m
A Conversation with Dani Shapiro12m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

The Truth of the Story Lies in the Details

2 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 29 min)
4 videos
What Are Facts For?5m
In the Story5m
A Conversation with Chandra Prasad11m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Writing to be Read

3 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 41 min)
5 videos
Drowning in Rhinestones6m
White Space7m
A Conversation with Ariel Levy12m
Building the House8m

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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