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This Time It's Personal: Crafting Your Narrative

Personal essay and stories from your own experience - these are exceptionally difficult to do well. They require that you retain some distance from your subject, which is nuts because it's you. Nevertheless, you need to develop the ability to shape your experience into clear, compelling prose and your own self into a vivid character.

Whether you're interested in writing for the page, or for live lit performance, the skills are the same. Whether your eventual goal is a book (memoir or essay collection) or a solo show, you need to cultivate the same sensibilities, the same artistry, the same courage and candor. 

Thie workshop will focus on helping you acquire the skills and confidence needed to make your singular history come alive to a reader or audience, to make your indiviudal style and voice emerge to its fullest power.

Weekly assignments with detailed feedback. Subjects and strategies will include (but aren't limited to): how to avoid self-indulgence, how to find the meaning in your experience, how to uncover the details that will make your stories and essays vivid and gripping.

Thursdays 7-9pm

Jan 26 - Mar 2

Compass Creative Dramatics - 4001 N Ravenswood (at Irving) #110

Cost: $325 - payment plans available

Email ian.belknap1@gmail w/ questions/to enroll


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