Continuing Education
Georgia Southern University

Writing Classes

Memoir Writing

Dates: October 3, 10, 17 24, 31, 2016
Time: 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
Location: Coastal Georgia Center, Savannah, GA
Cost: $150
Registration Deadline: October 3, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Amy Condon

Memoir is a nonfiction, literary art form that relies heavily on storytelling techniques derived from fiction, and is formed around the memory and observation of the author. This course is for students who possess a love for the written word, and who need encouragement to get started or to improve their memoir writing. Beginning writers with little to no experience, are as welcome as those more experienced writers who want to strengthen their storytelling skills.

The course will require a significant amount of reading both inside and outside the classroom.

Students will read from the memoir canon, including Mary Karr’s The Liars Club, Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking, Beverly Donofrio’s Riding in Cars with Boys, Tobias Wolff’s This Boy’s Life and others, to strengthen their own writing. Students will have reading and writing homework and will participate in workshop-style critiques.  Upon completion, students will have the first chapter of their own memoir complete.

Learning outcomes:

  • To learn the fundamentals of memoir within the context of narrative structure
  • To begin or continue writing within the context of the writer’s voice, and learn how to craft beautiful sentences

Aspects of a Story

Dates: November 7, 14, 28, 2016 & December 5, 12, 2016
Time: 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
Location: Coastal Georgia Center, Savannah, GA
Cost: $150
Registration Deadline: November 7, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Amy Condon

This class will take one element of a story each week and break it down so the writer will create an interesting and well thought-out book to increase the chances of becoming published.  Class discussion and writers are encouraged to bring in their materials for review and discussion.  Students will learn the fundamentals techniques necessary to craft each element of a vibrant story.  This class is geared towards fiction, but writers of non-fiction will benefit because all creative non-fiction relies on understanding the story.

Learning outcome:

  • To put each aspect of a story together in a clear and concise manner

Amy Condon

After indulging in various professions from journalism and park planning to bakery sugarnaut, Amy became serious about Writing and earned an M.F.A. in writing from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2011. Now a writer for SCAD, Amy’s published works can also be found in Savannah Magazine, HistoryMiami, and SCAD’s graduate literacy journal.

The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook, on which she served as co-writer and taste-tester, was released by Artisan Books in March, 2012.

Caitlin Lee

Caitlin is working full time in industry, as well as teaching as an Adjunct Professor. She has taught the following classes: Introductory Composition, Secondary Composition, Intro to Literature, and Argument Based Research and Composition. She attended the University of North Carolina, where she received her BA in English. She also attended Georgia Southern University, where she received her Masters Degree.


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