Personal Essay: The Monster and the Miracle (with Laura Fraser)

Laura Fraser

Laura Fraser


Number of sessions: 1

Time: 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Dates: Sunday, November 22

Course fee: $125

Michel de Montaigne, perhaps the father of the personal essay, wrote, “I have never seen no greater monster nor miracle than myself.”  A successful personal essay has to identify the monster within you, and accomplish the miracle of transformation, through understanding and enlightenment. A personal essay isn’t really about you—it’s about that transformation, that story.

This one-day course will teach you how to craft a personal essay. How do you you take your personal experiences, ideas, blogs, or journal scraps and turn them into an essay? What is the difference between an essay that editors are excited about and one that never gets a return email? What are the three biggest sins of personal essay and how can you avoid them? By the end of the day, you will have an idea and a framework for a personal essay. Bring your lunch.

Laura Fraser is an award-winning essayist and journalist whose personal essays have been published in Modern Love in the New York Times, O, the Oprah Magazine; Marie Claire, and numerous other venues. She’s also the NYT-bestselling author of the memoirs An Italian Affair and All Over the Map.

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