FALL: Edward Derby's Personal Essays Workshop | Sep 19 - Oct 17

One of the things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now. The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now. Something more will arise for later, something better. These things fill from behind, from beneath, like well water. Similarly, the impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes.” 
~ Annie Dillard 

For this class we'll write personal essays of discovery, transformation, and change. We'll "spend it all." We'll use our writing to tease out the meanings of our experiences, to create meaning for our readers. During class time we will share our work and discuss it. As readers of each others work we'll respond with polite honesty to what we understand a piece to mean, and with generous enthusiasm for all that each writer is giving to their work and to their readers. As essayists we shape and recreate our experiences to relive them, to discover new meaning, and to share with others. Each week we will also read a model personal essay by a published author to examine the author's strategies and possibly borrow some for our own writing. (This class requires outside time for reading and writing-- in class time will be for sharing and discussing.)

Register for this workshop

Wednesdays, 5:30 - 7:30pm, Sep 19 - Oct 17, 5 weeks
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $207 (cash/check); $219 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $234 (PayPal).