Instructor: Alysia Abbott
Date & Time: Saturday, July 21 | 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: Member: $50 | Nonmember: $105
Registration Closes: July 19
Writers don’t need to endure extreme adventures or personal traumas to produce powerful, salable essays. Often the most resonant essays are those that are based in quiet, everyday moments, moments a writer might pass by if they didn’t take the time to reflect on them.
It is the work of the writer to pull the magic from such experiences, to draw on his or her personal insight, and personal history, to unpack “small” events in order to tell a larger story, ideally illustrating universal aspects of the human condition.
In this three-hour seminar, participants will read essays by writers including Virginia Woolf, Jesmyn Ward, and John Hodgman, among others, and discuss why these essays work. Through a series of guided writing prompts students will also work on their own personal essays, which they will then receive brief feedback on. Students will leave the class with new material and a fresh perspective on old material.
+ PLEASE NOTE A week prior to the workshop, participants will receive a packet of readings.
Alysia Abbott is the author of Fairyland, A Memoir of My Father (W.W. Norton), named a New York Times Editors’ Choice and one of the best books of 2013 by the San Francisco Chronicle, Shelf Awareness and GoodReads. It has been published in the US, the UK, France, and Spain; translations are forthcoming in Italy and Brazil. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Vogue, Real Simple, Slate, Psychology Today, and TheAtlantic.com, among other publications. She’s a graduate of the New School’s MFA writing program and was a recipient of a Ragdale Fellowship. VISIT alysiaabbott.com
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