Writing Workshop: The Personal Essay

Instructor:  Sarah Ginter
ate: 5 Thursdays: November 10, 17; December 1, 8, 15 (no class Nov. 24)
Time: 6:30-9 p.m.
Location: IWC
Cost: $263 Nonmembers, $188 members, $163 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members
* The price of this class includes an additional $25 manuscript fee

"So often the 'plot' of a personal essay, its drama, its suspense, consists in watching how far the essayist can drop past his or her psychic defenses toward deeper levels of honesty" - Phillip Lopate 

In this 5-week writing workshop, we will study some of the masters of the personal essay and work to understand how we can take our own hectic, mesmerizing, beautiful, and frantic experiences of life and create an artful narrative. 

You will also have the opportunity to have your essay or chapter from a memoir critiqued in a group setting. You will send your work out a week in advance in order to give the class the chance to read and take notes on your writing. Then during the next class we will discuss the reading assignment and the work submitted from the week before. You will receive a detailed response from the instructor on your writing, detailing things that are working well and suggestions for improvement. It is a valuable writing exercise to be able to read other's writing and critique in a group setting. I will need two volunteers to send their work beforehand a week in advance to the first week of class.

Recommended Text: Phillip Lopate The Art of The Personal Essay. You can find this text at a discounted rate on eBay or Amazon. It is not required.

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