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Wesleyan University

Memoir and Personal Essay: Managing Your Relationship with the Reader

Wesleyan University via Coursera


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The blank page can be the most daunting obstacle in writing. In this course, aspiring writers will assemble a “starter kit” for approaching the blank page by developing constructive ways to think about the writing process as a whole. While subsequent courses in this series will focus on the mechanics of good writing, this course offers ways to think about the writer’s relationship to her material, and ultimately develop a writing style that is uniquely her own.


  • The Art of the Frame: Giving Context to Memories
    • This week you will learn to identify aspects of the writing process that experienced writers can afford to take for granted. We will address questions of structure, strategy, and methods—the necessary elements for any good blueprint for writing.
  • Avatar: The Messenger is the Message
  • Diegesis and the Extradiagetic Frame: Two Trains Running
  • Profiling: Our Relationship to the People in Our Work

Taught by

Greg Pardlo


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    Caroni Lombard
    The courses I am taking through Coursera are high quality and extremely helpful as I develop my skills. The assignments are challenging and reviewing and having my own work reviewed is teaching me an incredible amount. I can feel my writing becoming more dynamic. The only criticism I have of the courses is that the feedback comes only from other students and not from the instructors.

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