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Intro to Personal Essay Writing

Essays can come in many forms and draw from personal experience, observation, research, reflection, contemporary issues and more. In the personal essay, you are the main character and you get to call the shots. In this four-week workshop, you’ll take a crash course in the craft of personal essays, read examples of the form, and generate new material with writing prompts. Participants will leave the class with several pieces started and a plan to write more.

Instructor: Lee Chilcote is a journalist, poet and author whose writing has been published by Vanity FairNext CityBelt and many literary journals as well as in The Cleveland Neighborhood GuidebookThe Cleveland Anthology and A Race Anthology: Dispatches and Artifacts from a Segregated City. He is the author of the poetry chapbooks The Shape of Home and How to Live in Ruins and has taught creative writing to youth and adults. He is a founder and past executive director of Literary Cleveland.

Details: Intro to Personal Essay Writing takes place Thursdays July 13, July 20, July 27, and August 3 from 6:30-8:30pm in person at Lakewood United Methodist Church, 15700 Detroit Ave, Lakewood OH 44107.

Prerequisites: None

Genre: Nonfiction

Level: Emergining

Format: Generative writing workshop  

Location: This class takes in person at Lakewood United Methodist Church, 15700 Detroit Ave, Lakewood OH 44107.

Size: Limited to 12 participants.

Cancellations & Refunds: Cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the first class meeting to receive a full refund. Email

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