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2017-07/08 Turning Points with Judy Reeves

Date: First Class is Saturday July 8 2017 Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm the first day, 1:00pm the second day Number of sessions: 2 -- Saturdays, July 8, 22 Members: $135 Nonmembers: $162 Location: San Diego Writers, Ink, ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, 2nd Floor Above Women's Museum, San Diego, CA 92106
Our lives are filled with moments, large and small, that we emerge from a different person. James Joyce called them epiphanies and John L’Heureux refers to “a single moment in a character’s life when a definitive choice is made, after which nothing is the same.” In the personal narrative essay, we are the character and those moments of change are what characterize the genre and give it its universal appeal.
In the first session of this two-part workshop, we’ll embark on expeditions to discover, uncover, recover those moments of change in our lives—both large and small, and through in-workshop writing exercises we’ll generate the beginnings (or middles or ends/epiphanies) of personal narrative pieces. We’ll discuss the requirements of the genre and set a goal of writing the first draft of an 800- 1200-word essay, which we’ll bring to the second session for review and feedback. No experience in writing the personal narrative essay is necessary, just a desire to explore the moments.
Judy Reeves is a writer, teacher and writing practice provocateur whose books include A Writer’s Book of Days; Writing Alone, Writing Together; A Creative Writer’s Kit and The Writer’s Retreat Kit. Her work has also appeared in the San Diego Reader, The Frozen Moment, A Year in Ink, Vols I and 5 and other anthologies. Two plays, written with a women’s writing ensemble, were produced in the Fritz Blitz. In addition to leading private writing workshops and retreats, Judy teaches at UCSD Extension and speaks at writing conferences internationally. A tenth anniversary Revised Edition of A Writer’s Book of Days was named Best Nonfiction in the 2010 San Diego Book Awards.Her latest book is Wild Women, Wild Voices. Her website is She blogs at
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