Autobiographical Writing

Black feminist theorist, writer, and teacher bell hooks states: “We are born and have our being in a place of memory. We chart our lives by everything we remember from the mundane moment to the majestic. We know ourselves through the art and act of remembering.” In this course we will examine the role of writing memoir as an “art and act of remembering” by reading memoirs and secondary scholarship in addition to experimenting with the writing of our own autobiographical stories.



Short reading responses

Short writing exercises

A report on a memoir of student’s choice

Three autobiographical pieces


Required Texts

1 memoir of student’s own choice

Additional secondary readings distributed via pdf