ONLINE CLASS: Personal Essay and Memoir (20126)

Four Tuesdays: October 20, 27, November 10, 17 from 10 a.m. to noon. 

$175 (10% off for members)

Imagine your tale, touching others.

You want to write because you think you have something to say. Guess what? You do. Your stories aren’t meaningful just to you; they can powerfully affect your readers as well. Of course, this doesn’t happen automatically; we’ve all listened to or read other people’s anecdotes that bore us, that have no bearing on our lives. And yet as humans we are all connected. We differ, but we share universal passions, sorrows, yearnings, and joys. Discovering the thread that links us all will make our writing light up another person’s mind—and heart. And mastering craft, authenticity, and voice will lead us to that thread.

This workshop explores these crucial elements of personal writing—craft, authenticity, and voice—via lecture, example, practice, and feedback.

We will consider how to build a compelling plot using real-life events; the difference between an anecdote and a story; and how to use events from your life to illustrate universal themes that illuminate the human condition.

Participants will workshop one essay or manuscript excerpt (800–2000 words). They will submit the piece to the rest of the class electronically no later than three days before our class session. Participants will be expected to comment thoughtfully in writing on each other student’s work.

We will read Dinty W. Moore’s Crafting the Personal Essay in its entirety, mining it for guidance and discussing its ideas across the four-week session.

This class is open to all levels of writers.

Four Tuesdays: October 20, 27, November 10, 17 from 10 a.m. to noon. Online Class.

Required Text: 

Crafting the Personal Essay: A Guide for Writing and Publishing Creative Nonfiction, by Dinty W. Moore

Mathina Calliope is a writer, teacher, editor, and writing coach. Her writing has appeared in Longreads, Cagibi, Outside, Deep Wild, the Rumpus, the Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. A former newspaper journalist, she has an MFA and more than 16 years’ experience teaching writing to students ages 9 to 89. Learn more:

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

Crafting the Personal Essay: A Guide for Writing and Publishing Creative Non-Fiction Cover Image
ISBN: 9781582977966
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Published: Writer's Digest Books - September 8th, 2010