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.