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Life in 1,000 Words or Less: Writing the Personal Essay

Teaching Artist: Gloria Ballard
$80.00
1-day workshop
Saturday, October 7, 10am-4pm

Personal essay is a form of creative nonfiction in which we examine our own lives and the ways they reflect the universal truths of the world around us. These short-form essays are found everywhere, from literary journals to blog posts. In this one-day workshop, we will examine short personal essays by contemporary writers and participants will have the opportunity to explore their own topics and ideas in guided writing sessions, working toward a finished draft. Instruction will include how to search your own life for essay topics, where and how to begin, and how to turn your life experiences into compelling stories. The workshop is open to all levels of writing experience.

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Travel Writing: Let Yourself Go!

Teaching Artist: Gloria Ballard
$80.00
1-day workshop
Saturday, November 4, 10am-4pm

Sometimes a trip is more than just a trip, it’s a transformative experience that the traveler must put into words. This workshop is designed to examine different types of travel writing, from basic where-to, how-to stories to creative, first-person essays that reflect on the inner journey that arises from a special trip, location or destination. Students will discuss a variety of contemporary travel writers and their techniques, and begin to transform their own travel experiences into compelling, true stories. Instruction will include generating ideas for travel writing, how to gather information for a travel story, how to prepare for a trip that will provide material for a travel essay, and what travel editors look for in the stories they publish. The workshop is open to all levels of experience.

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