Works-in-Progress: Personal Essay & Memoir
For writers currently at work on personal essay or memoir, this weekly workshop offers in-depth craft and critique in a constructive small group setting.
Through readings and discussion, we'll examine techniques native to our genre--creating self as character, shaping a narrative arc, balancing active scenes with reflective voice--and how contemporary essayists and memoirists handle the same challenges. We’ll share our work and offer constructive feedback through all stages of the writing process, from first draft to line edits. Each writer will receive detailed individual feedback from the instructor, personal assignments to develop their material, and reading recommendations specific to their project.
This 7-week workshop includes one private consultation with the instructor and written editorial notes on a complete essay or chapter.
Note: This workshop is open to writers who’ve taken Intro to Personal Essay or Creative Nonfiction at BWS. New writers interested in participating should contact Carla at firstname.lastname@example.org.