The course aims to develop an understanding of the genre of autobiography and awareness of your own place in contemporary society; develop understanding and skills in structure and narrative techniques; support students in creating and collating pieces of autobiographical writing.
Writing 1: Lifelines-Autobiography
This course develops the techniques of autobiographical writing. It is suitable for students who have completed Writing 1: Starting to Write or students who already have some writing experience and are considering writing an autobiography or a family biography. It offers examples and practical strategies for your writing and encourages you first to accumulate stories from different moments in your life, then to express them vividly and put them together in a satisfying way. You will also be exploring different approaches to narrative and testing out ways of structuring your material.
- Reasons for writing
- Diaries and letters
- A sense of self
- Milestones in your life
- Homes and places
- The family.
You are allocated a tutor and receive their details in your course pack. You work from the course materials and send regular assignments to your tutor. These are returned to you with comment and advice. The course fee includes tutor feedback on your set assignments, but you can purchase feedback and comment on additional pieces of work if you wish.