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Stories are Everywhere

To write a killer essay, you don’t have to look very far — your life is full of seemingly insignificant topics begging to be examined on the page. In this inspiring, generative class, we’ll investigate the ways writers touch on universal themes by exploring seemingly mundane topics such as G.K. Chesterton’s search for a piece of chalk in 1905. Through writing exercises, discussions, in-class critique, and studying examples of the form, you’ll become more comfortable wielding the essential elements of the personal essay: exposition, conflict, scene, voice, honesty, and vulnerability. By the end, you will have crafted at least one personal essay in its entirety and have ideas for scores more.

Reading list:

Virginia Woolf
Mindy Kaling
Barry Lopez
Brenda Miller
Jo Ann Beard
Nora Ephron
GK Chesterton

Instructor: Wilson Diehl

Class Type: 6 Sessions

Start Date: 01/23/2014

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$220.50 Member Price:
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$245.00 General Price:

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Wilson Diehl

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.

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