Reflections of You: Crafting The Timely Essay

Linda Chavers, Writer. Reader. Mixer.

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9 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Class Overview

    • 3. Project Overview

    • 4. Project Description

    • 5. Freewrite and Natural Editing

    • 6. The Personal

    • 7. On Topics, A Caveat

    • 8. Where We All Come From

    • 9. Onward!


About This Class

This class is about the craft of writing memoir through the topical essay. Its about the personal essay using topical events as a point-of-entry to the self. When you watch the news or read an article and something about it resonates with you this class pulls on that curiosity thread. Why does something seemingly so far away speaking to you? What about it? Why does it matter? Finally, what can and will you add to the ongoing conversation about particular topical issues vis-a-vis your own stories?

In this class you will learn how to take the seemingly large concept and shrink it into small, concrete details that you can examine and write about. This class will do a lot of prompt work: you will be asked to take details from a current event and expand on it mixing in one or two pieces of your own memory. From these fun small exercises you will have your first portfolio of written work to mine from for your first longer drafts.


Students in this class will:

  • produce a portfolio of writing from which to mine into longer pieces if you choose
  • be inspired to write every day
  • produce a 1000 word piece of writing