Personal Essay and Memoir

Joan Didion says, “I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.” Most writers understand that writing requires the kind of solitude and ability to let one’s self sink to the bottom of one’s thoughts. With a mix of memoir and personal essay, participants will be guided in an exploration of the writer’s self in order to help discover their own truths. We will cover numerous techniques, including the use of poetic devices in prose. Participants are required to read William Zinsser’s On Writing Well.

Descent: Using the Deep Self to Create Personal Essay and Memoir
Instructor: Laurie Ann Guerrero
Dates: Wed., July 17, 24, 31, and Aug 7 | 6-7:30pm
CPE Credits: 6 Language Arts
Class Limit: 15
Registration Deadline: July 12
Fee: $190

Laurie Ann GuerreroWinner of the 2012 Andres Montoya Poetry Prize, Laurie Ann Guerrero’s first full-length collection, A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying, selected by Francisco X. Alarcón, was published by the University of Notre Dame Press in 2013. Born and raised in the Southside of San Antonio, Guerrero holds a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Smith College and an MFA from Drew University.

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