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Historical Fiction Class 2016
Memoir as Life Writing

with Instructor Glorie Tebbutt


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The American writer Gore Vidal argued in his memoir entitled Palimpsest that memoir is rooted in memory while autobiography is rooted in history. The American non-fiction writer and journalist William Zinsser emphasizes different conceptions of time in each form of life-writing: "Unlike autobiography, which moves in a dutiful line from birth to fame, memoir narrows the lens, focusing on a time in the writer's life that was unusually vivid, such as childhood or adolescence, or that was framed by war or travel or public service or some other special circumstance".

We will read and discuss three memoirs:

  I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelou

  Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home
by Rhoda Janzen

  Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes
by Kamal Al-Solaylee

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Program Dates:

Classes are scheduled for Tuesday afternoons, at 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. beginning September 13 and ending November 1, 2016.

Cost:

$171.00 for WDM Members and
$190.00 for non-members.

Class fees are due in advance of the first class of the session. If one cancels prior to a week before the beginning of the class, he/she will be fully refunded. If cancellation occurs within one week of the first class then only half of the fee will be refunded.

More Information:

Contact Glorie Tebbutt at glorietebbutt@mac.com

Registration:

Contact the WDM Education Department at 306-931-1910 or Saskatoon.ed@wdm.ca

 

Quote from a former student: “We learn so much from Glorie. Literature really comes alive. Lots of discussion and very humorous. A very talented teacher.”

Full Course Description:

The American writer Gore Vidal argued that memoir is rooted in memory while autobiography is rooted in history. The American non-fiction writer and journalist William Zinsser emphasizes different conceptions of time in each form of life-writing: “Unlike autobiography, which moves in a dutiful line from birth to fame, memoir narrows the lens, focusing on a time in the writer’s life that was unusually vivid, such as childhood or adolescence, or that was framed by war or travel or public service or some other special circumstance" (15).

Maya Angelou's I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (1969) was the first non-fiction best seller by an African American woman and was groundbreaking for African American writers coming after her. Angelou, who died in 2014, was a recognized and celebrated writer, poet, and civil rights activist.

Rhoda Janzen's Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home (2010) was on the New York Times best-seller list for 13 weeks. After moving home with her strict Mennonite parents as an adult, Janzen sends funny emails to friends describing her experiences, which end by being the beginning of her writing process.

Kamal Al-Solaylee's Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes (2012), a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers Trust Prize for Nonfiction, was one of five books championed on Canada Reads in 2015. As described by the CBC, it is "part coming-out memoir, part contemporary Middle Eastern history, and part cultural analysis," and describes the tensions and political strife of the Middle East through the lens of Al-Solaylee's family members' experiences.