Vista Arts Center in partnership with the Scranton Library presents
WRITING THE PERSONAL ESSAY (Advanced)
with Jocelyn Ruggiero
Students will learn the steps necessary to write a personal essay, using sense memory exercises to sharpen skills of recollection and observation.
The goal: to create an authentic & powerful story in your own words that begins with a cinematic scene to “pull in” the reader.
You will learn methods to capture your natural speaking voice when you write, and explore variations on the standard “beginning, middle, end” chronological structure. We will practice using “chapter headings” as a guide to outline and write your story- and examine metaphor as a storytelling tool.
Participants will each ultimately write a 600-700 word essay inspired by a particular event in their lives
This class will involve short homework assignments.
Free and open to all.
6 sessions: Thursdays from 1-2 pm – Dates – 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17