This eight-week writing class will teach you how to craft engaging personal essays based on your lived experiences. We’ll explore the following topics: how to identify the heart of the story (it’s not always what you think!), how to give the story a shape, how to find your voice, and how to choose compelling details that make your life come alive on the page. Each week we’ll have short reading and writing assignments and the opportunity to share your work with the class for constructive feedback. These classes will be full of insight and discovery as we will learn about ourselves and each other in a nurturing environment suitable for beginners as well as experienced storytellers looking to sharpen their skills and meet other writers. Instructor: Jaime Alexis Stathis Location: The Center for the Arts, Dance Studio Dates: August 11, 18, 25, September 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 (8Read More
Sometimes we have a true story from our lives that we’re dying to tell, but we’re unsure how to begin. This hands-on workshop will focus on the essentials of writing a memoir – what makes a good story, how to shape your material so that it’s compelling, what to tell (and omit), how to develop your own unique voice, and the broader issues involved in turning a private experience into a public work.