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“Personal essay takes the messy unfiltered stuff of life and molds it into something of beauty, meaning, wisdom, and hopefully, a great story,” says instructor Gila Lyons. “It is no small task, but wrangling the blur of life into something crystalline reinforces Isak Dinesen’s famous words, ‘All sorrows can be bourne if you put them in a story.’ And I would add, all joys, confusions, and ponderings as well.”
In this course we’ll read and talk about a diverse array of personal essays by some of the greats, including Jo Anne Beard, Sherman Alexie, Leonard Michaels, and Joy Harjo. Class will be comprised of generative writing exercises and workshops in which we’ll cover such elements as character development, dialogue, plot, humor, and self-revelation. Come see why this innovative form is enjoying such a renaissance for beginning and advanced writers alike!
Gila Lyons‘ work has appeared in Salon, Cosmopolitan, Refinery29, Vox, The Huffington Post, GOOD Magazine, The Rumpus, The Morning News, Ploughshares, Brevity, and other publications, and has been shared and reviewed at New York Magazine, Longreads, Vela, and anthologized in books and collections. She holds an MFA in literary nonfiction from Columbia University, teaches writing and literature, and is at work on a memoir about seeking a natural cure for anxiety and panic disorder but falling prey to the underbelly of the alternative health movement. Links to published work can be found at www.gilalyons.com. Find her on Facebook and Twitter.
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