As a writer, you are probably familiar with the benefits of writing through life’s transitions. Scientific research supports this notion by stating that the act of writing reduces stress as well as removes mental blocks, which allows us to use our brainpower to better understand ourselves and others and solve our problems more effectively. Writing not only changes us, describing our change and epiphanies enriches our writing. Corbin will lead writing exercises and facilitated conversations on how to best utilize your writing when facing change and how best to describe your transformations and realizations in your writing. Shared reading from authors such as Cheryl Strayed, Brenda Miller, Sage Cohen, Augusten Burroughs, and Natalie Goldberg will help illustrate these points.
The class is designed to be small and supportive and writers of all levels are welcome.
In this class we will learn why anecdotes can be shared at cocktail parties, but not in memoir. We’ll discuss tension and pacing, because no one wants to write (or read) a memoir that reads like a journal. And we’ll forget about what your mother will think, or if your company will sue you; we won’t even concern ourselves with the EXACT truth for six weeks, because that is the beauty of drafts, they can always change. This class is designed for those who have a solid draft of a memoir and are ready to dig deep in order to make it richer.
Crafting Your Personal Essay, Richard Hugo House, Saturday, Feb 16, 1-5 p.m
Personal essays are the big sister of blog posts. Blog posts can begin and end with an anecdote, whereas an essay provides the reader with the insight or change that occurred from the anecdotal event. Good essays include a strong lead, struggle, appropriate pacing, story arc resulting in a thesis, rich details, and are told in an alluring voice. This class will explain all of these components and teach you how to use them effectively in order to craft an essay worth submitting for publication. (this class is full, sorry)