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2017-09/14 The Art of the Personal Essay with Molly Larson Cook

Date: postponed Time: 1pm to 3pm Number of sessions:  Members: $150 Nonmembers: $180 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

Learn to compose thought-provoking and publishable personal essays about topics that interest you from today’s news to your favorite places in nature, family memories and more. The personal essay is not the 5-paragraph essay you learned in school but a more reflective form that takes the writer and reader on an unhurried stroll from first sentence to last. Personal essays appear as newspaper op-eds, short magazine articles, online posts, memoir chapters, and in essay collections compiled by one author or another.  

The successful personal essay can be serious, light, humorous, or weighty. The form is relaxed but not without a structure which you’ll learn in this series. Handouts will provide examples, and writers interested in publication will have the opportunity to workshop three short essays and one revision in this comfortable setting. (Workshopping is encouraged but optional.)  

Molly Larson Cook  is an award-winning writer and writing coach. Most recently, she received the 2016 Steve Kowit Poetry Prize, and her winning poem is included in the 2016-2017 San Diego Poetry Annual.  Molly was a Fellow at the Fishtrap Writers Conference in Oregon where she worked with poet Naomi Shihab Nye, and she received the Dibner Fellowship for Fiction in Maine. She’s published op-eds as well as a number of magazine and newspaper articles and has taught writing and literature in universities on both coasts and in workshops for adult writers at her Skylark Writing Studio on Whidbey Island in Washington. She agrees with author Louis Auchincloss that a writer’s life is his or her capital, and she’s tried to gather as much of that capital as possible. Molly’s jazz novel, “Listen,” was published in 2003 and her one-woman show, “On Our Way to Somewhere,” in 2002. She is currently engaged in both writing and painting in San Diego.  Molly blogs about jazz and art at and and about writing at

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