Reading and Writing the Personal Essay with Freda Love Smith Part 3

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The word essay is derived from the French essai, which means to attempt. For Phillip Lopate, this suggests that the essay is a versatile form, meant to be “flexible, shape-shifting, experimental.”

Please join Freda Love smith for a four-week deep dive into the shape-shifting personal essay, suitable for writers of all levels. This online course will combine in-class writing exercises, short lectures, workshop, discussion, and weekly reading and writing assignments. Students will explore the process of mining for memories and generating ideas, and experiment with transforming raw material into structured, polished pieces.

Workshop fee: $195, which includes a copy of the required course textbook, The Contemporary American Essay by Phillip Lopate.

Freda Love Smith is a writer and teacher living in Evanston. Her first book, Red Velvet Underground: A rock memoir, with recipes, came out in 2015 and she is currently writing a novel based on the life of Angela DeAngelis, a member of the Symbionese Liberation Army and an instrumental figure in the kidnapping and indoctrination of Patricia Hearst. She has an MA in Fiction from Nottingham Trent University and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Northwestern University.

Event date: 
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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Published: Anchor - August 3rd, 2021