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Writers Workshops

Personal Essay 2020-110

Course #2020-110
Wednesdays Starting January 8 10:00 am–1:00 pm running 8 weeks
Cost: $375 Instructor: Rachel Fairbank
This workshop is full


Inprint House
1520 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006 United States
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Writing a personal essay is an act of observation, analysis, and exploration, in which writers draw on their own experiences to tell a larger story. A personal essay has the power to change the hearts and minds of readers by offering a window into a different perspective. However, writing about your own experiences is not easy, as it requires interrogating your own assumptions. In this class, participants will read and discuss a broad range of personal essays, paying special attention to the craft elements that shape compelling stories. Then, using a combination of in-class writing exercises and discussions, participants will apply these craft principles to their own work. Essential to the workshop format, participants will read each other’s work, receiving and offering constructive criticism. Special attention will be paid to the intersection of writing and advocacy, including op-ed writing.


About the instructor

RACHEL FAIRBANK, who has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Cornell University and an MFA in creative nonfiction from the UH Creative Writing Program, is a science writer and essayist based in Houston, TX.  She often draws on her own experiences to write editorials about issues ranging from pedestrian safety and the role of science in society to the need for paid family-leave programs. Her work has appeared in publications such as Houston ChronicleRice MagazineASBMB Today, as well as the Story Collider podcast.

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 Winter/Spring 2020 workshop schedule click here.