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First Person Singular - Fall/Winter 2017

You: a human. In Chicago. Wishing to learn how to shape your personal experience into compelling prose. Or a person who's got some experience with personal essay/narrative looking to sharpen your stuff. 

Regular assignments, detailed feedback.

If you need a fire under your butt, and respond to the motivation that only deadlines and a regular convening of colleagues can provide, and you wish to have your work shaped by thoughtful feedback, this class is for you.

I have years of experience teaching this stuff. I have years of experience as a storyteller of personal narratives. I have helped scores of Chicagoans to refine their stories, build their confidence, and hone their skills. I have published some stuff, even.

I have a keen eye for the essence of a story, for the telling detail, for the artful phrase - if you wish to make your work more forceful and assured, more evocative and authentic, sign up now.

If you suspect you have literary chops, this is for you. If you wonder "do I have storytelling chops?" this is for you. 

4 sessions - EVERY OTHER THU (skippng Thanksgiving)


Oct 26 - Dec 14 (class meets 10/26, 11/9, 11/30, 12/14)



$3oo - payment plan available

Compass Creative

4011 N Ravenswood (just north of Irving, around corner from Brown Line)

EMAIL: ian.belknap1@gmail

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