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Approx. 11 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 hours/week...
Available languages

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Subtitles: English...
100% online

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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
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

How to Begin... and How to Continue

In this week, you will learn how to discover what you wish to say, and how to organize your material and your story (and what is the difference between the two)....
Reading
5 videos (Total 41 min), 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Five Nouns9m
Open the Window6m
Foibles, Fallibilities, and Flaws6m
A Conversation with Said Sayrafiezadeh11m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

How Not to Fail

In this week you lean how to overcome your internal critic and your fears....
Reading
5 videos (Total 39 min), 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Out of the Ditch5m
Building As You Go6m
A Little Distance5m
A Conversation with Dani Shapiro12m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

The Truth of the Story Lies in the Details

In this week, you will learn how to sift through the dusty attic of all your memories, to find the ones that are narrative gold....
Reading
4 videos (Total 29 min), 1 quiz
Video4 videos
What Are Facts For?5m
In the Story5m
A Conversation with Chandra Prasad11m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Writing to be Read

In this week, you will learn how to tell a good sentence from a bad one and how to absorb the lessons of great memoirists and essayist, without copying anyone....
Reading
5 videos (Total 41 min), 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Drowning in Rhinestones6m
White Space7m
A Conversation with Ariel Levy12m
Building the House8m

Instructor

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Amy Bloom

Distinguished University Writer in Residence and Director of the Shapiro Center for Creative 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

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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