Thurber House Adult Writing Workshop: Crafting the Personal Essay


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

$45 - $50

Thurber Center

91 Jefferson Ave., Columbus, OH 43215

(614) 464-1032

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Crafting the Personal Essay
Instructor: Lisa Lopez Snyder

Are you looking for ways to transform your memories on to the page? Memory is an evocative thing, and in some cases, a ceaseless tyrant. The personal essay is a powerful way to explore these ideas more deeply to create a compelling narrative. In this workshop, we’ll learn and apply techniques for writing memory as personal essay, including how to “unpack” transformative moments about a person, place, or thing. We’ll also experiment with voice and point of view. By the workshop’s end, you’ll leave with at least three drafts to get you started, as well as tips for how to keep writing—and revising. This workshop is geared toward all, from the beginning writer who has “all these great ideas” in their head, to the writer who needs a jumpstart to keep herself/himself going.

Lisa Lopez Snyder’s essays and short stories have been featured in 34th Parallel, Adelaide, Gravel, The Raleigh Review, The Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, and other magazines. Her essay, “In Transit,” won The Chattahoochee Review’s 2011 Lamar York Prize for Nonfiction and she was named the 2015 Carl Sandburg Writer-in-Residence.