Workshop your personal essays while studying and discussing examples of important essays by masters of the form.

Dates:
Oct 22, 2022 - Nov 12, 2022

Levels: All
Workshop Fee: $895
Class Size: 10 (Max)

Note: This course will be held online using the Zoom Platform. Classes will be held on four Saturdays 12-3 pm EST (Oct 22, 29, and Nov 5 and 12). Plus 30 min one on one time to be scheduled with your instructor.

Popularized by such luminaries as Montaigne and William Hazlitt and James Baldwin, and given contemporary shape by writers such as Annie Dillard and Barry Lopez, the personal essay is an eclectic literary form that can include elements of memoir, philosophical contemplation, and psychological rumination. It is, above all, a meditative narrative of your personal involvements, of your engagement with your surroundings, of what matters most to you in the world: those objects, events, hobbies, and persons who define you or give your life its shape and meaning. During this discussion-based workshop, we will workshop our personal essays while studying and discussing examples of important essays by masters of the form.

Course Requirements

This is a workshop format: essays will be submitted beforehand and shared with the group for peer review and discussion (submission schedule to be determined).

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Instructor: William Giraldi

William Giraldi is author of the novels Busy Monsters and Hold the Dark (now a Netflix film), the memoir The Hero's Body, and a collection of criticism, American Audacity. He is Master Lecturer in the Writing Program at Boston University.