Memoir Assignment

Essay#1 — The Memoir

DUE DATE: Feb. 2, emailed to by 5:00 PM

 Write about a time from your childhood or adolescence — or any time from your past. Begin with the mapping of the specific place where you lived, and then, move into a specific moment, maybe a single weekend or night. Use essays by Alice Walker and Tony Earley as models. Here are some questions to consider as you write:

  • What were the matters that were important to you?
  • What kind of things did you and your friends talk about?
  • What did you keep hidden?
  • What did the place look like? Work to make the place come alive for someone who has never been there.
  • Who were some of the people who were important to you?
  • Was there specific lingo you used?
  • What did you want then?
  • What do you understand now that you didn’t then?


Shoot for 6+ pages. Please remember to double space. As with all assignments, feel free to adjust to write what is most urgent for you.