09/24 Writing the Personal Narrative Essay with Judy Reeves

Date: Starts Monday, Sept. 24 2012 Time: 7pm to 9 pm Number of sessions: 6--Mondays, Sept. 24, Oct. 1, 8, 22, 29 & Nov. 5 Members: $180 Nonmembers: $216 Location: The Ink Spot, 710 13th St, Ste 210, San Diego, CA 92101

*Registration has closed however, there are still open spots. Please email programs@sandiegowriters.org if you are interested in attending this workshop. Currently, we will only be accepting credit card payments for this class.

“Life may be almost pure chaos,” said Katherine Anne Porter, but the work of the artist is “to take these handfuls of confusion and disparate things and put them together in a frame to give them some kind of shape and meaning.”

In the personal narrative essay, you become the editor of your own life, selecting those people, places, events, and moments that are meaningful to you and writing about them in a way that takes them beyond the personal to a place of larger truth—a two-way mirror, where writer and reader each recognize some aspect of themselves in the other.

This workshop will discuss the components of the personal narrative essay and explore the use of fictive techniques that create vivid experiences for the reader. In-class writing exercises and take-home assignments will provide opportunities to practice both the art and the craft of this “most human art.” Later sessions will include read and critique of participants’ work.


Judy Reeves is a writer, teacher and writing practice provocateur who has published four books on the craft including the award-winning A Writer’s Book of Days. Her work has also appeared in the San Diego Reader, Personal Journaling magazine, The Frozen Moment, A Year in Ink Vols I and V, and several anthologies; two of her plays were produced by the Fritz Theater. In addition to leading private writing workshops and retreats, Judy teaches at UCSD Extension, and speaks at writing conferences internationally. She is cofounder of two nonprofit literary organizations: The Writing Center and San Diego Writers, Ink. Her website is judyreeveswriter.com. She blogs at livelymuse.com.

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