Use the strategies about open form writing that we discuss in class. The structure and language of your memoir should reflect an awareness of purpose, audience, genre, and discursive style.
Audience: Think of your audience as your children or grandchildren sometime in the future. Make a map of the scene. The paper will be words long.How has this event changed me? Behind your paper, place all drafts and invention and arrangement documents. It will not be shorter nor longer than that. Bring typed draft to class that day. Does it mean the same thing for everyone involved? What did the event mean? Use only original work created for this class please. Or a spouse. Knowing this, write a page essay that focuses on an event, a person or people, or place that is important to you. This assignment will not self-destruct. The memoir asks the following: Why was this event of particular significance? Use this exploration of a previous event to shed light on the present. As you have seen, it is chalk-full of useful information, so please refer to it often and save yourself from embarrassing, frantic two a. You can interview others about the topic or do research about the topic, but the essay should be your personal narrative and reveal something about you. If the personal essay explores a topic free from need for interpretation, the memoir interprets, analyzes and seeks a deeper meaning beneath the surface experience of particular events.
What purpose does it serve? Check your syllabus for proper formatting of the paper.
Humor and satire are welcome but not required. Do different people draw different meanings from the story?