We read personal essays to understand our own lives and to discover new perspectives for looking at the world. We write them for the same reasons. The topic of a personal essay can range from realizing a major truth of your life to finding the humor in life's trivial frustrations. This workshop focuses mainly on crafting the 500-1,200-word personal essay, one of the most marketable genres of creative writing, but you also explore longer literary essays. Through writing exercises to generate essay ideas, reading your work to elicit constructive feedback, receiving marketing advice, studying essays in magazines and newspapers, and utilizing time set aside to write, you complete at least 1 personal essay and have material for future work.
Prerequisite: At least 1 previous nonfiction or memoir writing course.
Enrollment limited to 16 students.
Westwood: 413 1010 Westwood Center
Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 9am-6pm,
February 7 - 10
4 meetings total
No refund after Jan 7.