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Saturday Seminars: Memoir: Our Most Enduring and Endearing Literature

Saturday, October 21 at 9:30am to 12:00pm

Baker Downtown Center
975 High Street, Eugene, OR 97401

Our stories. Our identities. Our struggles. Our triumphs. Our comedy and tragedy. How we understand our life lessons and share them with others, our vulnerabilities, aspirations, plans gone awry: it all suddenly make sense in a narrative view in which our life becomes art. Chaotic experience becomes an orderly and miraculous and redeeming and suspenseful plot. Memoir is the number one bestselling genre today, including the sensational and ghostwritten, but it always has been. Our most enduring—and endearing—literature is memoir writing.

We will read examples of great memoirs, and you will have a chance to select a book and present it to our class: it takes a village. You will even have a chance to write a piece of your own fan fiction memoir—who can tell your story better than you? And it is a story that must be heard.

About the instructor:

Dr. Barbara Mossberg is a Professor of Practice in Literature in the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon.

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations, Seminar


Division of Student Services and Enrollment Management, Continuing and Professional Education, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Target Audience

All Students, Faculty/Staff, General Public, Alumni



$95 OLLI-UO Members; $135 General Community Members


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