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L409 Winter 2020 Telling Your Story: The Secrets of Memoir Writing

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L409 Winter 2020 Telling Your Story: The Secrets of Memoir Writing
Wednesdays, 2:15–3:40, Jan. 29–Feb. 5
Two sessions
Instructor: Ken Budd

Want to tell your life story? Ready to become a better writer? Ken Budd will share his unique insights as a longtime writer and editor to help you shape your story and improve your skills. Subjects will include:
  • Why everyone’s life is interesting—and why you have a story to tell;
  • The importance of honesty in storytelling;
  • Confronting subjects that are painful or embarrassing;
  • The keys to good storytelling, from drama to humor;
  • Show, don’t tell: the art of vivid writing;
  • Tricks for creating tight, powerful sentences;
  • Avoiding clichés;
  • Creating dramatic openings (and dramatic finishes).
Ken Budd is the author of the award-winning memoir The Voluntourist. He has written for The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian, The Washington Post, and many more. He is the former executive editor of AARP The Magazine and continues to write frequently for AARP.

Class Details

2 Sessions
Weekly - Wed


Ken Budd 

Class Fee: 


Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
1/29/2020 - 2/5/2020 Weekly - Wed 2:15 PM - 3:40 PM Sterling, Loudoun   Map, Room: Room 208 Ken Budd 

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