Liberal Arts > English

General Information

  • Name: Memoir and Autobiography
  • Division: Liberal Arts
  • Discipline: English
  • Units (Credits): 3.00

I. Catalog Course Description

Prerequisites: ENG102 or consent of instructor

Offers a writing-intensive class which explores various approaches to writing memoirs, autobiography, family history, autobiography-based fiction, or other "life stories," incorporating the classic elements of the personal essay.


II: Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course the students should be able to:

  • Define the types of narrative found within the genre of the personal essay: autobiography, memoirs, the memoir, the diary, the journal, and the family history.
  • Learn how to draw upon and incorporate the various sources available to them: personal memories, family stories, letters and diaries, public records, historical data, interviews, etc.
  • Be able to read excerpts from various works that illustrate the different narrative approaches used by others.
  • Discover the narrative form most suitable for each student’s project.
  • Understand and use the elements of narrative: description, characterization, dialogue, point of view, voice, language, and style.
  • Become part of a “support group” of other like-minded writers who may be called upon for encouragement, constructive criticism, and discourse.

III: Course Linkage

This course addresses the following Student Learning Objectives of the General Education Mission by ensuring that successful students:

  • Are able to demonstrate college level reading, writing, and oral communication skills.
  • Possess adequate problem solving, creative reasoning, and critical thinking skills.
  • Can engage in meaningful self assessments and work effectively with others.
  • Utilize effective and efficient learning skills, including locating and evaluating sources of information.
  • Have knowledge of the subject matter to a level that is appropriate to the emphasis of their degree.
  • Develop and improve their creative abilities.
  • Appreciate the need for continuing education and lifelong learning.
  • Will succeed at transfer institutions.

Scheduled ENG-226 classes:

Fall 2019

There are currently no ENG-226 classes scheduled for this term.