Personal Essay Workshop

Diane Comer and Literary Nonfiction

Personal Essay Workshop
Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm from 2 May to 20 June 2024  

$495 if you enrol before 4 October, $550 after      
Brooklyn Community Centre, 18 Harrison Street — parking is available on site & the 7 bus is frequent  

     "Every man bears the whole stamp of the human condition."

For five centuries, the personal essay has flourished as the genre of discovery, driven by the writer’s own curiosity, quirks, and passions. 

Target audience
This course is for anyone who wants to see how versatile and expressive the personal essay can be.
À la carte, but may swap some dishes out for others:
        Portrait — the flesh made word
        Narrative — how does the story help
        Sense of place — inner and outer landscapes
        Nostalgia — memory is hunger
        Journeys — home and away
        What work is — art, craft, practice
        Persona — the masks of the self
This eight week course explores your habit of attention through a different lens each week. The weekly prompts provoke and inspire. You will receive detailed written feedback from the tutor and in-class feedback from your peers, with the opportunity to develop and expand your writing. Examples of different prose styles are considered, with an attention to craft and language. Reading, writing, and discussion are at the heart of the course. 

Class limit:  12 students

Contact Diane

phone 022 510 2910 in New Zealand
phone +64 225 102 910 for international calls