The information was given in such a way that I found myself re-thinking all of the stories I've written, wanting to explore other options and re-write from a clearer perspective. Truly valuable.
I really appreciate the professor and his classes I have enjoyed every single video and every assignment It is really useful course which will allow us to know how exactly to write a memoir.
by Stephanie B•
I thoroughly enjoyed the course. It got me writing. I didn't always enjoy the instructions but it did get me on track. Good course.
Great course! It contains good advice for people who want to write personal essays or memoirs about themselves or others. Thanks!
by Paulo B•
The course widened my perspective of the memoir genre and helped me get the tools to accept the challenge of writing.
by Ann R•
The assignments were challenging yet very helpful. I could try different viewpoints to see my story.
by Deleted A•
This was really a fun course. I feel much more confident that I can write an interesting memoir!
by Linda E•
enjoyed the coursework. instructor clear, good course cont. assignments interesting and fun.
by Filia G•
Greg Pardlo instills the learner with the insight needed to prompt the writer in you!
by ANSARI S A•
Greg Pardio has imparted valuable information. The pace and delivery style is great.
by Fanming L•
I enjoyed the process of writing and found the practices were very useful.
by MDC C•
I really learned a lot in this class and thoroughly enjoyed it.
by Emerson M A•
I learned a lot, thank you!
Looking forward to keeping learning!
by Denise M•
I enjoyed the prompt activities and the use of new terminology.
by Nora M•
Very good introspection work. I enjoyed this course !
by Nguyễn Q A V•
I am grateful to this course. It has helped me a lot!
by David J M•
Great course. The writing exercises were excellent.
by Susan R•
This was a great first dive into memoir writing!
by Ashley G•
A frend and I spent entry a firt, Beau , age41
by Pamela J•
I enjoyed this course. It was very interesting.
by Travis W C•
Great course with engaging instruction.
by Evelyn R L•
Good tips, well explained.
by Halcyee A•
by Karen S•
I enjoyed the content of this course, but it was a shocking entrance to the larger specialization. The concepts were quite abstract - I think starting with one of the other courses would be less intimidating. I did appreciate learning about the concepts and how we can change our story by how we frame it, etc. I could have used a bit more explanation and examples in some cases (like diageses). Finally, the writing assignments were far too specific and random! I found it really difficult to think of things to write about that met the requirements of the assignment. Usually, I just faked it a bit (eg., I didn't search out a headline from the 70s for the first assignment). The selfie vs. photo by someone else - why? It's just an added layer of hassle that is unnecessary. Finally, the last assignment, to interview 2 people about a shared experience, when we have at best a few days to complete the assignment, is quite unreasonable. I don't know anyone who would remember my first day of school in 1975, or any other significant day in my life. In short, the assignments should be less specific.
It would also be helpful, as a reviewer, to have a more detailed question. Most of the review questions said things like, Did the writer follow the prompt? And honestly I did not remember what the prompt was. Just reword the question. Some of the reviewer questions did not really match up well with the assignment, so very few people met the criteria of the question. I usually let it slide in my reviews. Finally, I agree with other reviews that say there should be a mentor or TA in the course to ask for clarification on things.
Overall, I do feel like I'm learning stuff and am happy to have a motivation to write. Thanks!
by Margot S•
I appreciate the fact that the course was "free" (except for the monthly Coursera fee). The course is a gentle way to explore memoir and personal essay writing while still maintaining a real-life schedule. The lectures were in doable segments of a few minutes at a time. Greg Pardlo is a chill personality and it was nice to hear some of his personal work in connection to the course. Like most things, you get what you put in. If people don't do the exercises with care and time, there won't be much benefit.
Some lessons and exercises were better than others. I loved Context and Memory from the first week. The selfie assignment from the third week seemed to confuse a lot of people, and seemed like an awkward modern spin on a more traditional writing exercise. The final exercise of interviewing 2 people can be an effective way of exploring different perspectives of the same event, but I think many students (including myself) weren't prepared to interview 2 people. So seems like many didn't truly do the assignment to the point where it was supposed to help. The topics if the course kind of jump around. Not sure if it would be more beneficial to explore fewer techniques more in depth, or keep the variety.
by John E P•
Greg, I have to admit I found Course 1 of the Specialization to be harder to understand than the other three courses. I am still somewhat confused about the Frame concept and Extradiagetic frames for example.Family interviews are not really practical for me because all the people I need are dead. Even the Selfie assignment was not really clear for me especially after reviewing some of the peer submissions.
Despite the above I think a careful review of the content of Course 1 will likely prove to be very useful and I need all the help I can get, that's for sure. I'm trying to write my first book so this entire Specialization has been a great.help.