Resources for Workshops

Wednesday, May 2: Update

Just wanted to thank you all for being a part of the writing workshop. At our final session we talked about having one last meeting since several people have missed one session. Also, I wanted to follow up with some of you on book recommendations to help you along with your writing project. Let me know if you would like a session this month and we will see what we can do that will work for everyone.

I highly recommend the article below:

A description from one of my favorite writers:

How to Write a Personal Essay (That Stands a Chance)

Posted on April 27, 2018 by Theo Nestor

A compelling personal essay transports the reader into the writer’s life and offers up a chance for the reader to see her own life anew. At its best, the personal essay is a form that illuminates the universal in the individual, that wrestles with the questions that haunt us all.

But, before you’ve written an essay that’s done all that, you’ve written a first draft resembling the scribblings of your teenage journal.

So how do you get from here to there? How do you transform your draft into something publishable, something compelling? Something that might have a hope of moving readers the way you’ve been moved by writers like:      Roxane Gay, Junot Diaz, Kiese Laymon, Cheryl Strayed, Leslie Jamison, and Ann Lamott?”

I recommend reading every essay listed above!!!!

Theo’s book, Writing is My Drink is a personal favorite and one I highly recommend.

Twelve Fire-Starters for Your Writing Projects

Book & Essay Recommendations for Writers of the Personal Essay and/or Memoir

One of the ways writers write is to read. By reading the works of others we admire, or essays that touch on a subject we are writing about, we learn ways to craft our own prose. The books and essays listed below are ones I have used in my own writing and that I highly recommend. You will find the very best writing that will inspire your own projects.

  1. One of the first essays I like to look at is by Anne Lamott called “The Shitty First Draft.”  It is helpful for all writers —-beginners to advanced—because we all share a common malady, the paralysis that comes from perfectionism, or from just thinking we aren’t good enough.      Here is a link to The Shitty First Draft
  2. This anthology contains amazing examples of essays you can read to inspire your own project. You’ll find essays on every subject.  [amazon_textlink asin=’1416531742′ text=’The Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative non-fiction ‘ template=’ProductLink’ store=’annlon-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=”]
  3.  This book is absolutely an essential because it provides a treasure trove of ways you can approach your writing project. [amazon_textlink asin=’0071781773′ text=’Tell It Slant’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’annlon-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=”]
  4. William Zinsser’s book is one of the best for refining your writing. [amazon_textlink asin=’0060891548′ text=’On Writing Well’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’annlon-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=”]
  5.  Read any essay by John McPhee. [amazon_textlink asin=’0374517193′ text=’John McPhee essays ‘ template=’ProductLink’ store=’annlon-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=”]
  6.  Read anything written by Anne Lamott [amazon_textlink asin=’0385480016′ text=’Bird by Bird’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’annlon-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=”]
  7. This is an old favorite. [amazon_textlink asin=’055334630X’ text=’Starting From Scratch’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’annlon-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=”]
  8. This is an excellent book for ways to write a memoir [amazon_textlink asin=’1416535039′ text=’Old Friend from Far Away, Goldberg’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’annlon-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=”]
  9. The best book I have ever found on grammar. Just the best. It was written by one of my instructors, and I have a signed copy. Love it. [amazon_textlink asin=’0134080378′ text=’Rhetorical Grammar’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’annlon-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=”]
  10. Every writing library needs one of these: [amazon_textlink asin=’9562912639′ text=’Strunk & Write’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’annlon-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=”]
  11. Recommended by the journalists I worked with at a daily newspaper. [amazon_textlink asin=’0316014990′ text=’Writing Tools, roy Peter Clark’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’annlon-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=”]
  12. An old favorite, hard to find. How are Writer Works, Garrison

So take a look at these and then let me know what you think. If you have any questions about any of them or would like a personal recommendation, just let me know.

~~~Leita

 

Here is where you can download the syllabus for our current workshop.

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Here are some documents that we shared during the first workshop:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

 

 

Homage to My Hips, by Lucille Clifton

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/49487/homage-to-my-hips

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