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Sunday, July 24 • 10:00am - 11:30am
The Art of Writing About Personal Experience (Virtual)

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The Art of Writing About Personal Experience

“Therefore I would ask you to write all kinds of books, hesitating at no subject however trivial or
however vast. By hook or by crook, I hope that you will possess yourselves of money enough to
travel and to idle, to contemplate the future or the past of the world, to dream over books and
loiter at street corners and let the line of thought dip deep into the stream.”
― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

The personal essay, or the narrative essay, is the place where Philo and Sophia
(Love and Wisdom) meet. It’s an extremely rich and satisfying form of life writing.
Personal experience serves as a lens through which one views the world and our
place in language as writers and thinkers. The form itself is malleable, and though
emphasis is placed on the story, ultimately the reader will be left with a bouquet
of questions, reflections, and thoughts expressed in luminous words.

In this workshop, we will explore the techniques of writing the personal essay
through discussion and writing exercises. We will read several passages from
Leonardo Da Vinci’s Notebooks to see how he drew inspiration from the world
around him, turn to Virginia Wolf’s essays on Women and Writing, especially her
remarkable piece “Professions for Women,” and look also at the Lives column in
NYT. Everyone is welcome.

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Carmen Bugan

Carmen Bugan, a George Orwell Prize Fellow, is a prize-winning writer based in Long Island, NY. She was born in Romania and has lived in England, Ireland, and France.  Educated at the University of Michigan and Balliol College, Oxford University, UK, with a PhD in English Literature, she is the author of five collections... Read More →

Sunday July 24, 2022 10:00am - 11:30am EDT