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Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049 - (310) 440-4500


Autobiography, Memoir, or Fiction

In progress: Mondays, September 8–November 10, 7:00–10:00 p.m. (10 sessions)


  • Registration is now closed.

To register for this course, contact Otis College of Art and Design directly at (310) 665-6950 or click here.


In this dynamic writing workshop offered in partnership with Otis College of Art and Design, students uncover material from their own life experience to begin a memoir or work of fiction. 

The course guides students as they move between the worlds of fiction and nonfiction to find their stories and voices. Through readings and workshop discussions, students will learn to mine their personal histories for subject matter and transform this raw material into a story. Students are taught the craft of writing, including how to invent and reinvent from memory, maintain perspective, render characters, construct dialogue, employ sensory detail, and other strategies of description. The finished work may be a personal essay, a short story, a novella, or chapters of a memoir or novel.

First-class materials: note-taking materials

Instructor: Martha Fuller holds an MA in English literature from Claremont Graduate School and an MFA in creative photography from California State University, Fullerton. She has taught numerous courses in creative writing, literature, and photography.

Class size limited to 16 students

Reg #35399: $395 Noncredit
Reg #35400: $430 Certificate Credit
Reg #35401: $1,250 College Credit

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