Judy Reeves teaches Turning Points: Writing Personal Narrative Essays

Date: First class is Saturday, July 7 2012 Time: 10am to 1pm Number of sessions: 2--Saturdays, July 7 & 14 Members: $100 Nonmembers: $118 Location: The Inkspot, 710 13th St, Ste 210, San Diego, CA 92101

Turning Points: Writing Personal Essays About Moments that Changed You

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 characteirze 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 workshop writing exercises 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 one 800-1200 word essay, which we’ll bring to the second session for review and feedback.


Judy Reeves is a writer, teacher and writing practice provocateur whose books include A Writer’s Book of Days, which won Best Nonfiction in the 2011 San Diego Book Awards; Writing Alone, Writing Together; A Creative Writer’s Kit and The Writer’s Retreat Kit. Other works include two plays written with the Second Story Writers, a women’s writing ensemble; and a chapbook of poetry, The Kind of Woman She Is. Two of her flash fictions appear in the anthology A Year in Ink, Vol. 5. Her nonfiction work has appeared in the San Diego Reader and Personal Journaling magazine where she was a columnist for three years. In addition to leading private writing workshops, Judy teaches creative writing at UCSD Extension and speaks at writing conferences internationally. She is a board member of San Diego Writers, Ink.