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All of us have stories that demand telling, and sometimes the smallest moment (or the shortest essay) holds the greatest revelation. In this class you will write three personal essays between 500 and 1,000 words in a variety of styles. You’ll generate a lot of material, refine your skills, explore challenges in form and voice, and take a fresh look at your life experience.
By working in a shorter format, you’ll also find ways to tighten your prose and improve your storytelling skills. We'll look at examples of published essays and discuss them as a class, as well as discuss each other's work to provide feedback and support. You will come out of this course with fresh drafts of multiple essays and the insight, inspiration, and knowledge of craft to begin tackling revision.
Each week you’ll respond to a prompt to help you further develop your understanding of a personal essay form. You will leave this class with three essay starts, your instructor's feedback, and a better understanding of how a particular form might best help you a personal story.
Who is the Instructor? Melissa Fraterrigo is the author of the novel, Glory Days ( University of Nebraska Press), which was named one of "The Best Fiction of 2017" by Chicago Review of Books. Melissa is also the author of the short story collection, The Longest Pregnancy (Livingston Press). Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in a variety of journals including Puerto del Sol, Massachusetts Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Sou’wester and Shenandoah. She has twice been nominated for Pushcart Prizes.In addition to her publications, she has taught creative writing at Bowling Green State University, Southern Utah University, Penn State-Altoona,the Indiana Writers’ Center and IUPUI. Melissa is the founder of Lafayette Writers’ Studio.
To learn more or read her work visit melissafraterrigo.com.
When is this class offered?
This three-week class is offered live on Zoom beginning Tuesday, October 13, 20, 27 from 6-8 p.m. EST.
Who should take this class? Open to all writers. It is capped at 12 students.
What is the cost? $150. Nonrefundable fee of $25 included in each registration.