2017-05/04 Personal Essays with Molly Larson Cook
The personal essay is nothing like the 5-paragraph kind assigned in your 6th grade writing class. With models like Barbara Kingsolver, E. B. White, Roger Angell, Joan Didion and David Sedaris, we’ll explore the nature, mechanics and pleasures of the personal essay. Essayists write about everything and anything from cars to domestic life to politics, the full moon, libraries, the circus, gardens, surfing and beyond – serious, funny, sorrowful or reflective. The choice is yours! You’ll have the opportunity to write and workshop two short essays of your own in a comfortable setting with thoughtful writing peers and an experienced instructor. Handouts will be provided. There will be two assignments. New writers are welcome and will be treated with TLC.
Molly Larson Cook believes what author Louis Auchincloss wrote about a writer’s life being his or her capital, and she’s tried to gather as much of that capital as possible. She’s an award-winning novelist, poet, playwright and writing coach now based in San Diego. She has an M.A in English/Creative Writing and also did graduate work in linguistics, theatre and visual art in the Northwest, Maine and Manhattan. She was a Fellow at the Fishtrap Writers Conference where she worked with poet Naomi Shihab Nye, and she received the Dibner Fellowship for Fiction in Maine. She’s taught writing and literature workshops and classes in universities on both coasts and privately with classes for adult writers at her Skylark Writing Studio on Whidbey Island, Washington. Her eclectic background includes public speaking, summer stock, a dinner with Vincent Price, consulting projects that took her to interesting places where a hard hat was required, and hanging out in jazz and blues establishments on both coasts whenever possible. Her jazz novel, Listen, was published in 2003 and her one-woman show, On Our Way to Somewhere, in 2002. She lives in Old Town and is currently engaged in both writing and painting in San Diego, and she blogs about jazz and art at http://jazzycookie.wordpress.com and http://artulips.wordpress.com.