Kim Addonizio

Five Things I've Learned About

Shaping the Personal Essay

LIVE: Sunday, March 315:00pm pacific / 8:00pm eastern

Join poet, fiction writer, and essayist Kim Addonizio and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about the opportunities that personal writing offers writers and readers – and about the strategies and approaches you can use right away to tell the stories you need to tell about your own life.

 

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  • 120 minutes

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Add to Calendar 03/31/2024 05:00 PM 03/31/2024 06:00 PM America/Los_Angeles Kim Addonizio | Shaping the Personal Essay

Join poet, fiction writer, and essayist Kim Addonizio and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about the opportunities that personal writing offers writers and readers – and about the strategies and approaches you can use right away to tell the stories you need to tell about your own life.

 

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Join me for this live, two-hour class and discover Five Things I’ve Learned about the opportunities that personal writing offers writers and readers – and about the strategies and approaches you can use right away to tell the stories you need to tell about your own life.

I came to writing essays late, after publishing two novels, two books of stories, and eight collections of poetry. My guiding principle as a writer is simple, drawn from the great Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini:  “You have to live spherically—in many directions Never lose your childish enthusiasm, and things will come your way.” Whether you’re exploring a move from fiction or poetry to this form, as I did, or have been working on your own essays, this class should give you some inspiration and fresh ideas.

I’d like to invite you to my two-hour class, Five Things I’ve Learned about Shaping the Personal Essay because I’ve fallen enthusiastically in love with all the ways essays can grow from the tiniest seed.

My first essay collection, Bukowski in a Sundress: Confessions from a Writing Life, was published by Penguin, and I’m currently finishing a second, Anywhere But Me. I want to share some of my own journey with you and give you some practical tips that can help you shape and develop your life experiences into compelling works that move and engage a reader.

We’ll look at various writers’ opening moves in order to explore ways to get your reader’s attention right away—and several possibilities after that, beyond “what happened next.” An engrossing narrative is always important, but there are lots of ways to tell your story that can help you organize your material so that it comes alive for a reader. 

You don’t need to have some dramatic story to tell—just a piece of the human condition (which, come to think of it, is pretty dramatic; no one gets out of this alive). If you’re short on ideas, we’ll do a fun, brief writing exercise that will give you a lot of seeds for new work. I’ll also talk a bit about the opportunities and challenges of this kind of personal writing, and try to answer a few of your questions.

When we’re done, I hope that you’ll be ready to jump off to ideas for your own work, armed with new strategies and approaches to pattern your own essays.

Please join me. I’d love to see you there.

– Kim Addonizio

Kim Addonizio

Kim Addonizio is a poet, fiction writer and essayist who has authored twelve books over a writing career that began with her first published collection of poetry at age forty. Her work has appeared in publications ranging from Penthouse to the New York Times to the New Yorker and Paris Review.

Her essay collection, Bukowski in a Sundress: Confessions from a Writing Life, was hailed by Booklist as a “rollicking and wrenching memoir-in-essays. . . Always vital, clever, and seductive, Addonizio, a secular Anne Lamott, a spiritual aunt to Lena Dunham, delivers shock and awe, humor and pathos with panache.” Addonizio has been award two NEA Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, and other honors. Her poetry collection Tell Me was a National Book Award Finalist. Her most recent book of poems is Now We’re Getting Somewhere (W.W. Norton). Exit Opera is forthcoming from Norton in September 2024. She is at work on a new collection of essays, Anywhere But Me.

Kim has taught and performed at conferences and universities across the US and abroad and is an occasional presenter for BBC Radio. She lives with a Grammy-winning guitarist and a bossy cat in Oakland, CA.

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