Today I began exploring different genres to begin the UGP; since part of our specific project is relating it to education and writing about education, I’m straying away from some of my original ideas (short story, sonnet, screenplay) and leaning more towards writing a memoir. The more I think about it, the more I’m convinced this is the right genre for me. I’m used to creative writing and stretching my limits there, but nonfiction makes me very uncomfortable, specifically writing about my own life. Autobiography is definitely something I’ve never attempted, and it would fit well into this project.
Today began the exploration of my genre; I found two amazing articles, 30 Great Short Memoirs and 17 Memoirs by Women, and from their found an incredible memoir called Scars by David Owen. Reading this story really pushed me into making the decision: Memoir is definitely the genre I’ll be writing for this UGP in CO301D. I’m a little nervous, but mostly excited to get started with the project overall!
Now that I’ve chosen my genre, I’ve gotten a little more stressed about the project itself; there are a lot of moving pieces and I can’t see any of them fitting together yet. I do know that I learn best by doing, so today I’m going to work on quick writing some drafts of ideas or stories that might be relevant to education/writing about education. Since memoir is pretty reliant on memory, I figured I would go through and write some quick descriptions of some memories I have involving my experience with the education system. Hopefully some ideas will flow from there!