Personal Essay/Memoir Writing Workshop @ The Shabazz

Date: Jun 20, 2015 Time: Afternoon Price: $15
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3940 Broadway
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Writing about your life is no easy undertaking. Your life is still being lived, so where do you begin to tell your tale? Have you ever thought that your story should be told in a book? Have you ever asked yourself why anyone would want to read about your life? Or how you can turn those big life-changing moments into a readable story?

It’s not as difficult as you think. In this hands-on workshop, led by freelance writer and culture critic Alexander Hardy, writers of all levels will explore and begin or gain clarity on a draft for an engaging personal essay that could be developed and published via blog, magazine, book, newspaper, online magazine, etc. Through lecture, readings, group discussion, writing exercises and critique, participants will sharpen skills to help translate life-changing moments into digestible, compelling personal essays or memoir chapters. You will learn about the different types of personal essays, elements of a successful essay, how to offer strength-based critique to your peers, and tools for amplifying your unique writing voice. Alexander will also offer advice on how to get your work published. You'll learn, create and be challenged in a safe, encouraging environment of writers also share their powerful narratives with the world.

Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop (extra credit: extension cord), but pen and paper will also suffice. 

About the instructor: Alexander Hardy, wordsmith for hire, is the dance captain of Saint Damita Jo Jackson’s Royal Army. He writes about race, sexuality, mental health, the glory of chicken and much more on his blog, the Colored Boy; Twitter; and elsewhere across Internetland. He currently serves as a Senior Writer for Abernathy Magazine and has written for EBONY, CNN, Huffington Post, Gawker, Saint Heron, The Root, Very Smart Brothas and more. He believes that cheese grits are the meaning of life and does not believe in snow or Delaware. Contact him via email at alex [at] thecoloredboy.com

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