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Syllabus Outline:Academic Policies:Academic dishonesty and plagiarism will not be allowed or tolerated. Discussion Rubric:Reflection Rubric:Humorous Memoir Writing: Advanced Workshop (Online) Course Syllabus Kimberlee Auerbach 1 1 Course Title: Humorous Memoir Writing: Advanced Workshop (Online) Course Catalog Description: Designed for dedicated writers, the workshop focuses on helping you polish sample chapters for a book proposal intended to send to agents and/or editors. Weekly critiques help you hone your self-editing skills and integrate all the layers needed to pull off a humorous memoir: capturing an authentic and funny voice, using specificity of language, creating rich and evocative scenes, weaving together themes, and creating a solid structure that takes you from A to B, resulting in a transformative, overall arc. The course goal is to complete and polish 1-2 sample chapters (7-12 double-spaced pages total, so two short chapters or one longer chapter). Questions about the publishing industry and market are also covered. Prerequisite: One full-length memoir writing course as well as at least one additional creative writing course within any genre. Three-page writing sample and one-paragraph project summary is required; see instructions for Submitting Writing Samples for Advanced-Level Courses at the beginning of Advanced Nonfiction courses. Enrollment limited to 12 students WELCOME ANNOUCEMENT: Hey there, everyone! Welcome! My name is Kimmi, and I will be your editor, mom, therapist and teacher over the next ten weeks! Don’t worry, I won’t tell you not to wear that color or pretend I got my Ph.D. in psychology at Yale. I am, however, pretty wise and nurturing for a single, childless 37-year old, highly intuitive and very, very straightforward. A few things to expect/know: 1) Intense feedback. I help people go deeper in their work, which makes the funny pop more. 2) Two fifteen-minute, one-on-one phone calls. Once in the beginning of class simply to say Hi, hear what you’re working on, what you need, and tell you how I work best. And then again towards the end of class to go over your process and talk about what you’ve learned and goals moving forward. All other contact with me during the semester will strictly be online. Feel free to email me with any questions, thoughts or feelings, and believe me, there will be feelings, at [email protected] I promise to respond within 48 hours. That said: I encourage you to post most of your comments and questions in the public areas because other students may have the same concerns. 3) A 30-minute group chat mid-semester. I recognize that the appeal of an online class is the anonymity and flexibility of schedule. This is not mandatory, but for those of you who are game and have access to the technology, I would love to have the opportunity to discuss larger issues that unite all of you as students and writers, despite your individual, seemingly different struggles and challenges. 4) The class will break up into two groups, alternating weekly submissions, which means you will get to submit five times over the course. This will allow you ample time for rewrites. This will ensure that you stay on track, and it will give you the chance to learn from other students’ writing and to read my notes on their writing. I think that covers everything for now. I am so excited to have you all in my class, and I can’t wait to hear your stories! Best, KimmiHumorous Memoir Writing: Advanced Workshop (Online) Course Syllabus Kimberlee Auerbach 2 2 Staff Information: Instructor: Kimberlee Auerbach Email: [email protected] Office Location: NYC Office Hours: I check email regularly, and will get back to you within 48 hours, guaranteed. Notes: I’m a 37-year old, former breaking news producer turned storyteller, author, speaker and teacher. I live in New York City. And I love teaching more than just about anything in the whole wide world. My memoir, The Devil, The Lovers & Me: My Life in Tarot, was published in hardcover (Dutton, 08/07) and then in paperback (NAL, 08/08). I’ve travelled the country as a speaker, promoting my book, visiting book clubs, community centers and arts festivals, and have been featured as a radio guest on Sex, Success and Sensibility with Candace Bushnell, Wake-Up with Cosmo, Radio 8 Ball, Chat with Women and others nationwide. My one-woman show, which inspired my memoir, played to sold-out houses at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2005, and I have competed in several Moth GrandSLAM Storytelling Championships. In addition to UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, I teach creative writing and humor writing at Gotham Writers' Workshop, memoir writing at Mediabistro, storytelling at The Open Center, and I counsel 8th grade girls for Liberty Leads at Bank Street College of Education, where I won "Teacher of the Year" award in 2008. My laugh has been known to ignite an entire restaurant into hysterics. It’s that loud, and contagious. It can also hurt people's eardrums, so you might be better off having me as an online teacher.Humorous Memoir Writing: Advanced Workshop (Online) Course Syllabus Kimberlee Auerbach 3 3 Course Overview and Expectations: Assignments: The class will be divided into two groups. Everyone will submit the first and last week. Group One (chosen randomly) will present the second week. Group Two (chosen randomly) will present the third week, and then alternate until the last week. This is meant to help you generate polished pages that will culminate complete sample chapters (7-12 double-spaced pages total, so two short chapters or one longer chapter). Discussion Questions: Discussion questions helps people to feel less alone in their process. Please participate weekly. Comments: The first week there is no opportunity for commenting. Week Two you will comment on Week One. Week Three you will comment on Week Two. And so on. Week Two: you are expected to comment on at least two of your classmates’ book breakdown. Week Two: Group One will present and Group Two will comment on Week Two during Week Three. Group Two is expected to comment on at least two pieces. Week Three: Group Two will present and Group One will comment on Week Three during Week Four. Group One is expected to comment on at least two pieces. And so on and so on. Make sense? You’ll get the hang of it


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