Most readings have corresponding written assignments. Readings are discussed in class, seminar style.

1 Introduction to the Course: Why Write Autobiographically? No readings
2 Beginning to Tell Our Stories Student Readings: First Assignments
3 Crafting the Self: Experience and the Shaping Of Identity; Writer and Audience

Walker, Alice. "Beauty: When the Other Dancer is the Self." In Uncommon Knowledge: Exploring Ideas Through Reading and Writing. Edited by Rose Hawkins and Robert Isaacson. Wadsworth Publishing, 1995. ISBN: 9780395709580.

Rauch, Jonathan. "Caring for Your Introvert." The Atlantic, March 2003.

Shepherd, Susan. "Daughters Without Borders." Angles, 2008.

4 Crafting the Self: Experience and the Shaping Of Identity

Orwell, George. "Shooting an Elephant." Charles' George Orwell Links.

Orwell, George. Excerpt from Nineteen Eighty-Four. Penguin Random House.

Hamilos, Alison. "The Starting Line." Angles, 2010.

Nwosu, Kelechi. "Zero Beach." Angles, 2010.

5 Family Relationships, Language, Legitimacy and the Writer's Craft Tan, Amy. This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader."Mother Tongue." (PDF - 1.9MB) 1990.
6 Workshop: Essay 1 No readings
7 The Self and the Community

Edelman, Marian Wright. "A Family Legacy." In The Measure of Our Success: A Letter to My Children & Yours. HarperCollins Publishers, 1993. ISBN: 9780060975708. 

Marin, Peter. "Helping and Hating the Homeless: The Struggle at the Margins of America." Harper's Magazine, January 1987.

8 Work and Education

Douglass, Frederick. "Learning to Read and Write." Excerpt from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014. ISBN: 9781497573567.

Nelson, Anita. "Fast Food, Living Fast." Angles, 2010.

9 Work: Creativity and Integrity

Atwood, Margaret. "A Path Taken, With All the Certainty of Youth." New York Times, March 11, 2002.

Witherspoon, Abigail. This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader."This Pen for Hire." (PDF) Harper's, June 1995.

10 and 11 Self-Writing / Speaking: Captivity and Advocacy

Frank, Anne. "At Home, In School, In Hiding." In Fields of Reading: Motives for Writing. 7th ed. Edited by Nancy R. Comley, David Hamilton, et al. Bedford/St. Martin's Press, 2003. ISBN: 9780312412579.

Truth, Sojourner Truth. "Ain't I A Woman?" December 1851. Fordham University.

King, Jr., Martin Luther. "Letter From Birmingham Jail." April 16, 1963. Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute, Stanford University.

12 Workshop I (Large Group): Essay 2 No readings
13 Workshop II (Small Groups): Essay 2 No readings

How to Tell a Story of War or Struggle: Writing About Groups

Oral Presentations

O'Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried. Mariner Books, 2009. ISBN: 9780618706419.

Martinez, Demetria. "Inherit the Earth." In Confessions of a Berlitz-Tape Chicana. University of Oklahoma Press, 2005. ISBN: 9780806137063.

———. "The Things They Carried." In Confessions of a Berlitz-Tape Chicana. University of Oklahoma Press, 2005. ISBN: 9780806137063.

15 How to Tell a Survival Story

Eggers, Dave. Excerpt from A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. Vintage, 2001. ISBN: 9780375725784.

16 Oral Presentations No readings
17 Writing About Illness (1) No readings

Writing About Illness (2)

Oral Presentations

Ehrenreich, Barbara. This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader."Welcome to Cancerland." (PDF) Harper's, November 2001, 43-53.

Engelberg, Miriam. Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person. Harper Perennial, 2006. ISBN: 9780060789732.

19 Writing about Mental Illness (1) Kaysen, Susanna. Excerpt from Girl, Interrupted. Vintage, 1994. ISBN: 9780679746041.
20 Workshop: Essay 3 No readings

Writing about Mental Illness (2)

Oral Presentations

Thompson, Tracy. "Seeking the Wizards of Prozac." Saturday Evening Post 266, no. 2 (1994): 50-95.
22 Writing About Mental Illness: Autobiographically Inspired Fiction / Beyond the Known: Autobiographical Travel Writing Gilman, Charlotte Perkins. "The Yellow Wallpaper." New England Magazine, 1892. 
23 Workshop: Essay 3 No readings
24 Beyond the Known: Autobiographical Travel Writing (cont.) /  The Challenge of Closure in Autobiography No readings
25 Online Course Evaluations No readings
26 Course Overview / Celebration No readings