Writing the stories of our lives…
ENG 311: Autobiographical Writing: Reading and Writing Our Worlds
Summer 1 / Summer 2
This course will explore how we write the stories of our lives – what ethical consideration we take when writing lives, what we disclose when writing our lives, and the interconnectivity of writing autobiography. We will look at techniques—scene, setting, dialogue, lyric, image, etc.—that writers employ to compose lives, create stories, and construct identity in autobiography. In our discussions, we will consider how personal, social, economic, and cultural influences impact the narratives we write. We will question what stories we can and cannot tell.
We will practice autobiographical writing in many different modes – often pushing the boundaries of the genre. We will investigate autobiography that challenges our perceptions of what it means to tell our stories. By the end of the course students will have a portfolio of their work that demonstrates their understanding of autobiography in its many forms.
Fulfills the general education requirement: WI
About the Instructor
Rain Wright is a current PhD candidate at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She specializes in Life Writing, Creative Writing Pedagogy, and Critical Ethnic Studies Theory. She is published in Hawaiʻi Review, Mud Season Review, Connotations Press: An Online Artifact, Madras Magazine, Summit Magazine, and Hawaiʻi Pacific Review.
For inquiries about the course: Rwright7@hawaii.edu.