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Though your writing may be “safe” hiding in a drawer or a deeply buried desktop folder, it can only improve if you allow it to see the light of day. Bring a memoir chapter or personal essay (up to 4,500 words) for constructive, supportive critique to this workshop-style class including relevant readings, brief writing exercises, and lessons on craft. A few students will have their work critiqued in the first class, so be prepared to read and offer written comments before class ever meets.
Wilson Diehl’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, Babble, Fit Pregnancy, The Seattle Times, Seattle Metropolitan, Teachers & Writers Magazine, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Iowa and has been teaching writing since 2000. She’s currently working on a collection of personal essays about the hazards of marriage and motherhood. You can find more on her website, Not Quite What I Expected.