An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until June 28, 2017
Instructor: Lisa Ellison
Cost: $142 Members | $158 Non-members
6 Wednesdays, 5/24/17 – 6/28/17 | 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
“The most important question anyone can ask is: What myth am I living?” – Carl Jung
“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.” –Joan Didion
This class will focus on how to take personal writing in any form—memoir, personal essay, or creative nonfiction—and mine it for the truths that make stories into art. We’ll examine works by established authors, such as Joan Didion, Leslie Jameson, Tanehasi Coates, Cheryl Strayed, Roxanne Gay, and Frank McCort, generate ideas for your own stories and workshop pieces you have written. Differences between the personal essay and memoir will be fleshed out as you find the form that best fits the story you wish to tell. This class is appropriate for writers of all experience levels.
Lisa Ellison, Ed.S. is a freelance writer, editor, and writing coach with a background in mindfulness and mental health. She has an Ed.S in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from James Madison University and is an experienced teacher and facilitator. Recipient of a 2015 VQR Conference scholarship for potential literary excellence, Lisa’s essays have been published in Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Rumpus, Streetlight, Gravel Literary Journal, and The Rusty Nail. Her short story “A Bit of Heaven” was the runner up in the 2015 C-Ville Weekly Fiction Contest. To learn more, please visit her website: www.lisacooperellison.com