$45 – $60

Writing About Your Life: An Introduction to the Personal Essay

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2000 Edwards Street

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INSTRUCTOR: Mark Dostert
TIME: Sunday, February 24th, 3-6 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird until Tuesday, February 19th: $45 for members, $60 for non-members. After Tuesday, February 19th: $55 for members, $70 for non-members. Become a Writespace member here. Scholarships available here.
LOCATION: Writespace at Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards #208, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL: All Levels
CAP: Limited to 12 Writers

This workshop will explore the question: What makes a stranger care about my experiences, thoughts, feelings, joys, sorrows, musings, and confusions? A personal essay can be viewed as a gift to readers, a text that enables them to realize something consciously that they had previously only known subconsciously. And the most effective personal essays are not centered primarily in confession but rather in self-examination. In this workshop, we will explore these truths and see where and how they play out in practical ways on the page. To do so, we will read and discuss passages from exemplary personal essays to determine how successful authors use point of view, imagery,details, diction, and syntax to set the stakes and make the strange familiar and the familiar strange as they offer us a piece of themselves and thus, we realize, a piece of our own world. We will explore a series of writing prompts that might help yield the personal particulars that help us offer the universal and which serve as the essayist’s gold. Also, we will determine how to construct engaging narrative arcs that easily connect with readers. At the end of our time together, we will discuss options and outlets for publishing personal essays. All levels of experience and confidence are welcome. Workshop participants are encouraged to bring essay drafts to work on during our session, but bringing in pages isn’t required or necessary.

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