Online Class: Journaling and Memoir Writing

Learn how to journal or write your memoirs in this self-paced, online course that is designed to help you decide what story to tell and the best way in which to tell it.

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Course Description

It doesn't matter if you're a famous politician, suburban homemaker or someone in between, the fact of the matter is that everyone has a personal story worth telling. Whether you want to honor someone who's made a difference in your life, heal old wounds, document unique experiences or travels, record your family history, or leave a legacy to future generations, "Journaling and Memoir Writing" is a comprehensive step-by-step guide that will demystify the process of finally putting your story on paper.


No matter if you're a novice or a professional writer interested in the memoir form, "Journaling and Memoir Writing" is designed to help you decide what story to tell and the best way in which to tell it. Whether you are interested in writing a memoir exploring your personal struggles such as addiction, abuse or divorce or a travelogue based on your experience backpacking through Europe, this course will help you narrow the focus of your life story and define the underlying theme that will connect you with an audience. You will also learn how to find your true voice that will make your story unique and authentic. Through varied and comprehensive writing exercises you will learn how to sharpen your instincts and hone your storytelling craft. "Journaling and Memoir Writing" will also teach you how to dig deeper into your life and mine important memories that will enable you add incredible depth and richness to your story. In addition to the extensive writing lessons, you will learn what to do with your memoir once it is finished. Whether your goal is pass on your memoir as a family heirloom or to become a New York Times best seller, "Journaling and Memoir Writing" will address the various publishing options available to you. Everyone has a story to tell. Let this online class help you write yours today.


Course Motivation

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
4.6 / 5 Stars (Average Rating)
"Extraordinarily Helpful"
(2,127 votes)

Lesson 1: Introduction to the Memoir

Where an autobiography is a story written by yourself about your life so far, a memoir tends to focus on a specific period or theme in your life. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Your Memoir; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: On Writing

There are rules to writing. You can choose to break every rule in the book but you at least should know them before you do so! 39 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Type of Memoir
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Finding Your Voice

Because each of us is unique, we must find a way to translate our uniqueness to the page. The spoken word and the written word are not necessarily mutually exclusive. 39 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: How to Get Started

There are several ways in which you can prepare yourself so that when you do begin writing your memoir, you will avoid some of the traps that derail many aspiring memoirists. Additional lesson topics: Fun Exercises 17 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: What is it About?

Writing a memoir is not the easiest thing in the world to do, but with a little preparation, you can avoid many of the common roadblocks and hurdles that novice writers often face. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: How to Deal with the Main Character (You)

You must challenge yourself every step of the way and look at your life from every possible angle. Additional lesson topics: Dig Deeper 39 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Memory Mining and Truth

In this lesson, we will focus on even more ways to help jog and focus your memories for your memoir. Additional lesson topics: How to Write a Journal Entry; On Memoir, Truth and 'Writing Well'; Several Steps to Write a Memoir 39 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Anatomy of a Scene and Structure

Consider opening your memoir with one of the most memorable events of your life. Create a mystery so the reader immediately will want to know more. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Editing and Receiving Feedback

Seasoned writers view their first drafts as a piece of clay ready to be molded into something special. The best memoirs have been worked and reworked. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: How to Overcome Difficulties

There are many difficulties that can stall or even derail your project. The most prevalent issues that tend to weigh down a writer's project include a lack of time, writer's block, and rejection. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: You Are Finished, Now What?

In this lesson we will cover traditional publishing, how to find an agent, self-publishing, and publishing on the Web. 91 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Memoir Plans; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 Exam
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe basic writing techniques to use when writing memoirs.
  • Describe ways to find your voice.
  • Summarize how to get started.
  • Describe how to deal with the main character (you).
  • Summarize memory mining techniques and truth.
  • Describe the anatomy and structure of a scene.
  • Summarize editing procedures and types of feedback to look for.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Additional Course Information

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Course Title: Journaling and Memoir Writing
Course Number: 9770550
Lessons Rating: 4.6 / 5 Stars (2,127 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
Last Updated: June 2022
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 1.1 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Dana Kristan
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $95.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "This is an excellent course. I learned a lot. I thought the content was quite strong and feel as though it has given me a good start on my memoir." -- Debbie W.
  • "I am pleased to have experienced this class with [the instructor]. She has encouraged me to follow my dream of writing a memoir, through her prompts, and her remarks on my writings,she corrected as well as praised.I am in the process of submitting a memoir, 'My Grandmother's Secret.' I have had three offers and one contract, to publish it...I will be looking at other classes to pursue after I get published.I feel I must tell you one fact. I am 78 years old. Thanks to UniversalClass and to the instructor. Iris Whitney " -- Iris W.
  • "Some of the topics were very creative, allowing a variety of literary expression. The best part about the course was that it was self paced and very affordable." -- Pam G.

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