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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 how​ 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.

Instructor: Wilson Diehl

Class Type: 1 Session

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Start Date: 03/21/2015

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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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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