Thomas Larson writes that “memoir is most successful when it is not the ‘story of a life,’ but a focused part of that life.” This course will help you explore and focus on the most meaningful and memorable parts of your life. You’ll enjoy writing prompts, timed writing exercises and lots of constructive feedback.
Douglas Jones has written and seen produced more than forty plays and screenplays, including the musical Bojangles (music by Tony Award-winning composer Charles Strouse, lyrics by Academy Award-winning lyricist Sammy Cahn), The Turn of The Screw, and his award-winning Songs from Bedlam. His docudrama 1607: A Nation Takes Root is on display every day at the Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center. He was awarded the Virginia Commission for the Arts Playwriting Grant in 2006, the Martha Hill Newell Playwrights Award in 2015, and the Emyl Jenkins Award for Promoting Writing and Writing Education in 2016. He teaches memoir, playwriting, and other classes at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and The Visual Arts Center, and is a voting member of The Dramatists Guild. He lives in Richmond with his wife Harriett and his daughter Emma.