Writing the Personal Essay (with Áine Greaney) - ONLINE
This workshop will introduce you to the genre of the shorter and longer personal essay and how and where you can write and publish first-person essays that tell a story and make a point about the world and our shared humanity. The class will cover topics such as finding ideas, penning your first draft, creating lively and memorable scenes, introducing background research, editing for clarity and submitting your essay for publication. For beginners, advanced beginners, or anyone wanting to refresh their understanding of the personal essay form.
Pre-Class Reading: You will be sent a link to a very short personal essay to read before the class. This shared reading experience will give us a context and a set of reference points for our workshop and conversations about personal essay writing.
WHEN: Saturday, January 15 (1 - 3pm EST)
WHERE: Online, via Zoom video conference
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
ÁINE GREANEY is an Irish born author now living in eastern Massachusetts. In addition to her five published books, she has published personal and opinion essays in publications such as Creative Nonfiction, The Boston Globe Magazine, New York Times Tiny Love Story, Another Chicago Magazine, WBUR/Cognoscenti and an essay collection, Green Card & Other Essays. She has also been a featured storyteller in "Stories from the Stage" at PBS The World Channel. Her work has been cited in Best American Essays, and she has led writing workshops in New England, New York and Ireland and has presented on writing at two national conferences. She holds an MA in English. Find her online at ainegreaney.com
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