Writing Lives: the Short Personal Essay, from Invention to Publication.

Event Type: AOE (Adult Other Events)
Date: 5/4/2013
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 4:00 PM
 Preregistration required. Please call the Reference Desk 541-766-6793 to sign up. The 2-part writing workshop will be led by 2012 Oregon Book Award winner George Estreich (The Shape of the Eye),and 2013 Oregon Book Award nominee Aria Minu-Sepehr (We Heard the Heavens Then).
The workshop will meet twice, on May 4th and May 11th. Time is 2:00 to 4:00 PM

On the first meeting, the instructors will talk about the short personal essay, give examples, and talk about the challenges in writing a good personal essay. There will be a short writing prompt, to begin the process of invention, and time permitting, there will be an opportunity to discuss some of the student work.

For the second class, students will be asked to bring in a 900-word draft, with the goal of submitting to the New York Times "Lives" column. In the second class the instructors will discuss how to revise, improve, and submit work. Participants will read a few sample columns from "Lives," discussing not only what makes them work, but what the editors seem to be looking for in each case. Additional venues to send written work will also be discussed.
Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
Location: Main
Contact: Alex Regan
Presenter: Aria Minu-Sepehr and George Estreich