Each of us has a story to tell. Yet, people don’t often go out of their way to exchange ideas with strangers, or to sit next to one another in a room for the express purpose of that exchange – particularly when each group occupies a vastly different space in their everyday lives. In this Side-By-Side course, we will strive to put aside our preconceptions of each other as we read selected works of memoir, engage in analysis of these works, and together learn the craft of writing memoir in order that we might learn about ourselves and our peers. The focus of this course will be to stimulate conversation, writing, and the cultivation and exchange of both. All readings will inspire and instruct as we engage in the writing process. Drexel students will write in class with Kirkbride residents, and independently between class meetings at Kirkbride, contributing both informal writing on the Discussion Board and crafting three writing projects. The course will culminate in a collection authored by all participants, each writing about themselves. Where anonymity is required, it will be respected. *Students will meet on Wednesdays at Drexel and travel together to Kirkbride. Travel time to and from Kirkbride is included in class time as noted above.