The Art of the Personal Essay - Writing Workshop

Hoping to do a little creative writing this summer? Spend an afternoon crafting your own personal essay—you’ll leave not only with a solid start to one, but inspired to write others. This one-time class is being offered by visiting author Laura Pritchett.

The Art of the Personal Essay –This class is designed to focus on the essentials of turning personal experience into compelling narrative – we’ll be concentrating on how to 1) tell through the use of story and 2) make that story have “universality” (as in, how to make your story matter to others). We will also be discussing nonfiction fundamentals: how to craft scenes, ways to build tension, pacing, self-revelation. All levels welcome.

Meet in BookBar's lounge from 5 to 6:30 pm (then stay for bookclub!)

Cost: $35 Sign up here!

Class size is limited to 12 so sign up fast!

About the teacher:

Laura Pritchett is the author of nine books and one play. She began her writing journey with the short story collection Hell’s Bottom, Colorado, which won the PEN USA Award for Fiction and the Milkweed National Fiction Prize. This was followed by the novels Sky Bridge, Stars Go Blue, and Red Lightning, and The Blue Hour, which garnered other writing awards. She’s also editor of three anthologies: Pulse of the RiverHome Land, and Going Green: True Tales from Gleaners, Scavengers, and Dumpster Divers. She also has two nonfiction books: Great Colorado Bear Stories and Making Friends with Death: A Guide to Your Impending Last Breath. Her first play is being produced at Bas Bleu Theatre in Fort Collins, Colorado. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, O Magazine, Salon, High Country News, The Sun, Brain, Child, and many others. She holds a PhD from Purdue University and teaches around the country. She is also known for her environmental stewardship, particularly in regard to land preservation and river health. More at


Make sure to sign up here!

Event date: 
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 5:00pm