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Writers Workshops


Course #2019-305
Wednesdays Starting September 4 6:00 pm–9:00 pm running 10 weeks
Cost: $395 Instructor: Emily Fox Gordon
This workshop is full


Inprint House
1520 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006 United States
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The personal essay is a uniquely playful and liberating literary form. It’s fun, but not easy. More craft and conscious shaping is involved than people realize. We’ll read and discuss essays from Phillip Lopate’s Art of the Personal Essay and other examples of the form. We’ll do in-class exercises designed to help writers cultivate the ability to follow and record the undulations of their own thinking. Working in stages, we’ll each produce one substantial essay, offering one another constructive criticism and encouragement along the way.

A lot of sensitive personal material will (necessarily) be aired in this workshop, and we’ll all do our best to create a climate of trust, respect, and confidentiality. But in no way should the class be mistaken for group therapy. Our emphasis will always be on how best to convert experience into language.

About the instructor

EMILY FOX GORDON is the author of four books: Book of Days: Personal Essays (a New York Times Editor’s Choice), Mockingbird Years: A Life in and out of Therapy (a New York Times Notable Book), Are You Happy? A Childhood Remembered (a New York Times Editor’s Choice), and It Will Come to Me (a novel). She has taught at universities across the country, including Columbia, Rutgers, University of Wyoming, Rice, and UH, and has led Inprint workshops for 20 years.

By registering for an Inprint Writers Workshop you are agreeing to Inprint’s registration policies. Remember to sign up for the waiting list if the workshop you would like to take is full. To see the full Fall 2019 workshop schedule click here.