SUNDAY, AUGUST 13 | Michel de Montaigne, perhaps the father of the personal essay, wrote, “I have never seen no greater monster nor miracle than myself.” The personal essay has to identify the monster within us, and accomplish the miracle of transformation, through understanding and enlightenment. You have to track down the monster inside you, and worse, reveal it to the reader, and then describe how you set out to slay it. The transformation from monster to miracle is what makes your life interesting. A personal essay, above all, is not about you—it is about the story.
Join us for a day-long workshop where we will identify that monster within you and attempt to slay it on paper. You will read some great examples of personal essays, do some exercises that help you get at the story you will tell in your essay, learn the structure of a personal essay, and come away with an outline and a start to writing your essay.
Laura Fraser is a long-time Grotto member and New York Times bestselling author whose essays have appeared in the New York Times‘ Modern Love column, Marie Claire, O: the Oprah Magazine; and numerous other venues.
Number of sessions: 1
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Date: Sunday, August 13
Course fee: $125