Odyssey Book Discussion/Sunday Shorts: The Memoir

From St. Augustine to Rousseau, to next Sunday's book review section, we see how confessional writing, especially today in the form of the memoir, serves as an ongoing exploration of a writer's interior life. In our spring series, which meets two Sunday afternoons a month, we explore this very popular literary genre and discuss the motives and strategies of writers who have turned their life stories into literary classics. Our writers include Frank McCourt, James Baldwin, Richard Selzer, Malcolm X, Mary Karr, Ed Abbey, and Loren Eiseley. The course will utilize the following two paperbacks: Modern American Memoirs, edited by Annie Dillard and Cort Conley, and Stop-Time, by Frank Conroy.

Join Dr. Dianne Scheper and Pat Schultheis, winner of the 2015 fiction award from Washington Writers Publishing House for the discussion! Schultheis' collection of short stories is scheduled fall 2015 publication.

911.284.01 Cost: $186 (6 sessions) Sunday (approx. biweekly), March 1 to May 3, 2 to 4 p.m. (March 1,15, 29; April 12, 26; May 3)

JHU full-time faculty/staff members are eligible for 80% tuition remission. Spouse/same-sex domestic partners are eligible for 50% remission. Please note that you will be unable to receive the discount if you register online.

For more details or registration information, call 410-516-8516.