Student inmates will get an introduction to MEMOIR WRITING at the Dade Country Correctional Institute.
Week 1: Students learn basic tips for writing true stories. How to start a story. (Like starting an essay with WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE (grounding the reader). Click here for a full list of writing tips. The students will write from a short prompt + share their writing.
Week 2: Details (ask yourself LIKE WHAT?) Hand out story.
Week 3: OMIT needless words…one clear idea per sentence. Discuss story
Week 4: Story spine
Week 5: Situation vs Story. Hand out story.
Week 6: Why now? Discuss handout
Week 7: Scene
Week 8: Vulnerable narrator. Saying the thing you don’t want to say. Hand out story.
Week 9: What are the stakes? Why do we care? Discuss hand out
Week 10: What is the story about?
Week 11: How does the story end? What have you learned? How has the narrator changed? Talk about endings in pieces we’re read.
Week 12: RE-read! Go back and ask how tangents affect your story. (good + bad). Reference the three pieces.
Week 13: READ THE STORY OUT LOUD.
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