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Friday, April 29 • 11:45am - 12:45pm
2E: Essentials of the Personal Essay LIMITED

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Every life is full of essay-worthy material, but how do you get readers to care what happens to you on the page? In other words, how do writers leverage the personal to strike universal notes that readers connect with? In this session we’ll discuss techniques you can use to elevate your true stories beyond the merely subjective, opening up your experiences to encompass larger ideas and themes. We’ll read work by authors who achieve such universality through evocative details, research, and leaps of imagination, and then apply what we learn in focused writing exercises. You’ll leave with practical tips for expanding the reach of your personal essays, and perhaps a head start on your next project.

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Dorian Fox

Nonfiction Writer
Dorian Fox’s essays, stories and articles have appeared or are forthcoming in december, Under the Gum Tree, Gastronomica, National Parks Magazine, Alimentum, and elsewhere. His work has also been shortlisted for awards by Ploughshares and Bellingham Review. He received his MFA in... Read More →

Friday April 29, 2016 11:45am - 12:45pm EDT
St. James Room