Back to All Events

Living Room Series - Personal Essay Class and Workshop

Personal essay takes the messy unfiltered stuff of life and molds it into something of beauty, meaning, wisdom, and hopefully, a great story. 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 an array of personal essays by many of the greats  – Alexander Chee, Jamaica Kincaid, Phillip Lopate, Roxanne Gay, and many more. Class will be comprised of generative writing exercises, readings, class discussion, and workshop. The course will cover finding your subjects, narrative structure and voice, 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!

Snacks and drinks provided.

Where: Gila’s living room in Somerville, between Davis, Porter, and Union Squares. Easy street parking, about 1 mile walk from Porter or Davis T.
When: 6 Sundays, 6 - 8 pm, dates below
Cost: Sliding Scale $350 - $450
Why:  The world needs your story and your voice!! 
Register: here

Refer a friend for a free private personal essay consultation!

  1. Sunday, January 13 6:00 - 8:00 pm

  2. Sunday, January 20 6:00 - 8:00 pm

  3. Sunday, January 27 6:00 - 8:00 pm

  4. Sunday, February 3 6:00 - 8:00 pm

  5. Sunday, February 10 6:00 - 8:00 pm

  6. Sunday, February 17 6:00 - 8:00 pm