YES, I love memoirs. It was not until recently, this past spring, that I really got into them. In order to expand my own “sense” of the genre, I required my Advanced Writing Class, Spring 2020, to do a “Memoir Project” for 30% of their course grade. (I am so blessed to pretty much get to write my own curriculum as long as I include the requirements of the course.) My students were all juniors and seniors at the university where I teach, but I was shocked to discover how few of them had read a whole book in their entire lives! Since many memoirs are thin books, I thought it was a good place to start.
First, they were to choose and read a memoir–yup! the whole book. They received 10 points just for doing that, and I did it on the honor system. Then, 10 points for writing…
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I don’t see how someone could read memoirs and not become more empathetic. It seems like that would be a natural result of the reading. I wish more people could read more memoirs. We need more empathy in our world.
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Amen! If nothing else, it makes you realize how good you have it compared to so many people.