Author Ellen Urbani To Speak At Hoffman Center For The Arts

Hoffman Center

Join Ellen Urbani to work on the fundamentals of writing short-form personal narratives/essays with a focus on attention-getting openers, truth-telling, brevity, and powerful summations. Students will explore the concept of universal themes and how to use them to draw in readers.

There may be opportunities to write (so please bring a laptop or pen/paper) and also to workshop a short piece, depending on the size of the class. Students will be notified prior to the class whether to bring along copies.

Recommended (not requisite) reading: Tiny Beautiful Things (personal essays disguised as an advice column) by Cheryl Strayed; The Collected Stories (fiction, not personal essay, but ripe with great techniques) by Amy Hempel; any of the Best American Essays collections.

The workshop will run from 1 to 3:30 pm on February 20, 2016 and tuition is $30. Click here to register

Ellen Urbani is the author of Landfall (Forest Avenue Press, 2015), a work of historical fiction set in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and the memoir When I Was Elena (The Permanent Press, 2006), a Book Sense Notable selection documenting her life in Guatemala during the final years of that country’s civil war. Her autobiographical essays and short stories have appeared in a variety of bestselling pop-culture anthologies as well as the New York Times.

Ellen will be reading from her novel at 7 pm that evening as the featured author for the Manzanita Writers’ Series.

Dan Haag
Born and raised in the great white north of Minnesota, Dan Haag felt the pull of the north Oregon Coast in the early 90s. Finding that rain never needed to be shoveled, he married an Oregon girl and settled in Manzanita, where he works as director of the Manzanita Visitors Center. He is also a freelance writer whose work has appeared in a variety of state and national publications. He spends his free time wandering the area’s many trails, supporting the Oregon wine and beer industry, perusing coastal bookstores, and chasing his black Labrador, Lilo, along the beach.