Writing the Personal Essay
With Poet and Essayist Dana Wildsmith
Dates: July 11, 18, 25, 2015
Times: 9:30am to 12:00noon
Length of Class: 3 Sessions / 2.5 Hours each Session
Class Fee: OCAF Members - $130.00
Student Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced
Location: 1902 OCAF Center, Conference Room
Class Description Personal essays allow us to share our life experiences, strengths, struggles, and beliefs with others and are often required as a part of college and scholarship applications, as well as for other applications such as internships, contests, awards, distinctions and honors.
Come learn how to write about your insights and reflections, personal growth and goals, decisions and responses to events, even your favorite activities or books in a way that is both engaging and articulates the point your are trying to communicate.
Class will cover an overview of the personal essay, prompts to use when writing, and some student work evaluations.
An award-winning Georgia writer, Dana Wildsmith is author of the nonfiction memoir Back to Abnormal: Surviving With An Old Farm In the New South (2010), which references her life on a 150-year-old farm outside Bethlehem, Georgia, and her discomfort with encroaching urban sprawl. She also has written five books of poems with her most recent collection of poetry published in 2013, Christmas in Bethlehem. Additionally her collection of poetry, One Good Hand (2005), was a SIBA Poetry Book of the Year nominee.
Wildsmith has served as artist-in-residence at Devil's Tower National Monument in Wyoming, Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, and the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska, and has been a poetry fellow with the South Carolina Academy of Authors. She has taught writing workshops throughout the Southeast and currently English as a Second language at Lanier Technical College in Oakwood, GA. For more information visit www.danawildsmith.com.
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With Poet and Essayist Dana Wildsmith
Focus on the facts of your life to create stories, poems and essays which move beyond merely recording family stories. This class is for you if you have something to say to a larger audience, even if you are not sure how to begin. Learn how to go beyond memoir to saying something of value without being preachy or pedantic. Shape and share your writing with the class. We'll also discuss publication possibilities.
This class is suitable for writers of all levels.
The Beyond Memoir class was a great success and we are talking with Dana about a repeat of the class and possible other Literary classes. Interested? Sign up on our Waiting List below.
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The Made Thing –
A Beginner’s Poetry Workshop
Instructor: Michelle Castleberry
Day / Dates: TBD
Length of Class: 6 Sessions / 2 Hours each Session + Open Reading for final session
Previous Class Fee: OCAF Members - $120.00
Materials List: Bring your favorite poem to the first class and writing materials / an attitude of curiosity to all classes.
The Made Thing - A Beginner's Poetry Workshop was a great success and we will possibly offer the class again in the future. Interested? Sign up on our Waiting List below.
This class, for beginning adult writers, is aimed at providing a place to generate poems, gather poem-making tools, and learn how to sharpen one’s work.
Many feel intimidated at the thought of reading, much less writing, poetry. Yet “poem” means, at root, “a made thing.” This class is an introduction into the practice of crafting poetry, using language and the writer’s own experiences of the world. Together we will look at examples of different ways to trigger poems then draft, edit, share and present our “made things.”
All registrants will receive a signed copy of Michelle's acclaimed book, Dissecting the Angel and Other Poems.
Michelle Castleberry's work has appeared in Umbrella, The Naugatuck River Review, Poemeleon, The Anthology of Southern Poetry: Vol. V - Georgia, and The Chattahoochee Review. She is a regular reader in the Athens, Georgia community of Word of Mouth, a monthly open poetry reading. Her work, in text and audio form, can be found at www.michellecastleberry.com
Her first book, Dissecting the Angel and Other Poems, was recently selected as finalist in poetry for the Georgia Author of the Year Award.
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"So You Want to be a Columnist"
Class is full! Please sign up on the Wait List below to be notified of future classes.
Opinions? We all have them. Editorial and "op-ed" (the page opposite the editorials in many publications) pieces are designed to stir us up, urge action, help us through life or maybe remind us of the good old days. You've been reading them for years. And, if you learn how to craft such opinions so an editor's eyebrows go up, your work may get published. With a cheap or free website or blog, your opinions can circle the globe. OR you may have expertise in a specific area to share with readers - knitting, genealogy, cooking, travel, for starters.
This course will walk, talk and write you through the basics of writing columns. Why do we read them? What makes one writer's work more appealing than another? What do editors expect? How do I go about establishing myself as a regular columnist? We'll talk ABOUT doing columns and we'll WRITE at least one with a market in mind.
Dr. Eberhard recently retired from the Grady College Department of Journalism, where he taught a wide variety of writing and editing courses for 30 years. Before that he taught half-time at the University of Wisconsin, while working on a doctorate in mass communication. And before that he taught at Bowling Green (Ohio) State University.
His journalism career covered a decade of experience as a reporter, editor and co-publisher of newspapers and magazines. He holds degrees from Michigan, Bowling Green and Wisconsin. He wrote a weekly column for the newspaper he and his wife owned in Michigan, and his columns are features have appeared in the Athens Banner-Herald, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Greenville (S.C.) News, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, Southern Distinction, Athens Magazine and the UGa alumni magazine.
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