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Writing the Personal Essay and Poetry Cancelled

Due to the corona virus, this class has been cancelled.

Date: August 14.

In this workshop, we will gather ideas for writing; learn about crafting the ideas into personal essay and poetry formats, and end with a celebration read-around. There will be time for writing. We will end with brief suggestions and websites for the publishing of personal essays and poetry for those who are interested.

Memoir poetry chapbooks are short collections of memory poems that may be very personal or focused with family and friends in mind as holiday gifts with a personal touch. Weather permitting, we will spend a small part of our workshop outside in nature looking and note-taking for “distance” in our ideas. Back inside, we will share ideas, look “through the lens” of poetry, and practice enjambment. What is enjambment? It’s used in art and music, but it shines most brightly in poetry! We will discuss poetry line breaks and punctuation, although you are free to break any of these rules in your writing and have fun with it!

Some of us may prefer to write in a personal essay format. We will compare the styles of poetry and essay so you can decide which voice works best for your topic and what you want to say.

After writing time, each writer will choose a line or paragraph written on this day to share with the group in celebration. Comments will be encouraging and positive. If you are uncomfortable, you may choose to listen only.

Patricia Duffy is a writing instructor at Mott Community College in Flint. She is the author of the novel Give or Take, and a new poetry collection Driftwood Fire. She gains writing inspiration from Michigan cycling trails and her writer’s group, Instructors as Writers. Duffy is also a voracious reader and cook.

August 14, 10-11:30am

Pencil, paper

Clipboard or something firm for outside note-taking

Comfortable layered clothing

Optional – charged laptop for word processing

The instructor will supply handouts

Refunds: Requests for cancellation at least seven (7) days prior to the first day of class will be honored (minus a $20 processing fee). NO REFUNDS will be given for a student cancellation made less than seven (7) days in advance of the day of the class.

Minimum Enrollment: Glen Arbor Arts Center Arts Center reserves the right to cancel any class or multi-day, sequential-day workshop that does not meet its minimum student enrollment prior to the first class session (30 days prior for multi-day workshops). If a class is cancelled by GAAC for lack of enrollment, GAAC will offer a full refund to the student in the manner in which tuition was paid (Cash payments will be refunded by check). Please be aware that GAAC is not responsible for losses incurred due to housing, travel or other arrangements.


August 14
10:00 am - 11:30 am
$15 – $25
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Patricia Duffy


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