NEW: Zahir Janmohamed's Personal Essay Writing Workshop | July 10 - July 29

“The problem, you realize, is that while you have been raised to speak quietly and little, the notions of where you come from and who you are need a maximal approach.” Chang-rae Lee

Are you frustrated by the lack of diversity in today’s media landscape? Yeah me too. The good news is media outlets are increasingly becoming aware of this lack of diversity and today they are actively seeking new voices to write about race, religion, sexuality, gender, disability, abuse, trauma, mental illness, and class. In this class about writing from the margins, you will learn how to write personal essays that are vulnerable, nuanced, sensitive, and challenging. I know from my own struggles with this genre that part of the blockage many of us have in writing about ourselves is actually off the page. To address this, we will focus on writing prompts and readings to help you think about issues of identity/trauma/pain in new ways. We will then apply these craft tools to our own work and review each other's essays. Finally, we discuss how you can write email pitches to editors to get your piece published. | Maximum 12 students

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Mondays, July 10 - July 29, 7:30-9:30pm, 4 weeks | NOTE: The workshop meets Mondays, July 10, 17, 24, and concludes on Saturday, July 29, 10am-12pm
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $166 (cash/check); $172 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $181 (cash/check); $187 (PayPal).