Taking it Personal: An Essay Writing Workshop

September 27, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
$20/members; $30/nonmembers
Location: White Magnolia Day Spa

Personal essays are one of the easiest ways to a reader’s heart. They’re also one of the easiest ways to break into the freelance business. What makes a great personal essay? What makes an essay compelling to a magazine editor? Through lecture, examples, and exercises, participants will learn what it takes to write a thought-provoking, relatable, and marketable personal essay that will grab an editor’s attention and a reader’s heart.

Our everyday lives, past experiences, and our deeply felt passions, all offer ample opportunities to tell a story--a true story--that readers will relate to. Sometimes, an essay's purpose is to merely entertain. While our situations may not be unique, our voices and perspectives are, thus, we are the only ones who can tell it. Readers enjoy personal essays because chances are, they've had a similar experience and can appreciate another perspective. It's what connects us as human beings. 

In this workshop, through lecture, examples, and a brief exercise, we'll discuss:

  • Essay structure
  • Techniques on how to write a powerful, marketable essay
  • Where to mine for ideas 
  • Places to submit personal essays

Tyler Moss, Managing Editor of Writer's Digest Magazine says that the best way to break into the freelance world, is to write and sell personal essays. Whether you want to build a freelancing career or expand your blog readership, this workshop will help you develop the skills and know-how to impress both editors and readers. A handout will be provided.

AprilMooreNovelloApril Moore is Director of Northern Colorado Writers, the author of two books, and a freelance editor. Her first book, Folsom's 93, is a historical nonfiction about the lives and crimes of Folsom Prison's executed men and her second, is Bobbing for Watermelons, a novel. She has written for publications and her short stories have appeared in anthologies.



Event Properties

Event date 09-27-2017 6:00 pm
Event End Date 09-27-2017 8:00 pm
Capacity 12
Individual Price $30.00
White Magnolia Day Spa
2203 S College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80525, USA
White Magnolia Day Spa
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