This class offers opportunities to read some of the best authors in the genre of the “personal essay” with an emphasis on practicing writing in the forms of the personal essay and its newest stepchild, creative nonfiction. The personal essay’s characteristics and narrative techniques give us structures to reflect on our life experiences, re-envision the world, and understand ourselves in new and insightful ways. Activities include brief lecture, class discussion, writing practice, and small group critique in a nurturing environment, encouraging writers to consider for their material personal experiences salted with imagination, craft, and emotional resonance. (‘Tis the writer’s journey.) Enrollment is limited to 15 students. General Public/Members: $96/$90 Eight Sessions
Your Teacher: Olivia Archibald, PhD, Professor Emeritus of English at Saint Martin’s University, is currently writing a memoir about growing up in West Virginia. Areas of teaching and research have included creative writing, essay theory, composition theory, early medieval literature, and literary criticism. Much of Olivia’s research and writing in the past focused on reflective practices and creative forms of essay in higher education. Since retirement, she revels within forests, by her writing table, and in the backyard, seeking to live a productive life while embracing the freedoms of unstructured days.