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Unpacking the Personal Essay

at Politics & Prose Bookstore & Coffeehouse - Chevy Chase

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5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Btwn Nebraska Ave NW & 36th St NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20008
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 10
Teacher: Sandra Beasley

What you'll learn in this writing class:

We carry around a lifetime of memories—suitcases that, for the nonfiction writer, are waiting to be unpacked on the page. How can we create a compelling narrative while honoring loved ones? What are the innovations in construction and voice that have made the personal essay a hotspot in contemporary publishing?

The first part of each session will be anchored by readings from the Best American Essays anthology, which will guide our discussion of craft.

The second part of each session will be a workshop; students may circulate one draft essay or memoir excerpt of up to 5,000 words for in-class critique. If preferred, the student can submit the work privately to the instructor.

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Politics & Prose Bookstore & Coffeehouse

Carla Cohen and Barbara Meade opened a small store at 5010 Connecticut Avenue NW in the autumn of 1984, working by themselves during the day and with one part-time employee who helped at night. Before a year was up, there were two full-time employees. By 1988-89 the staff numbered half-a-dozen and the...

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