Calling all readers, writers, or those who want to write…
Laura Pritchett, novelist and essayist well known for her writing about the American West, will be reading at SOMOS on July 12 and teaching a class on the art of the personal essay on July 13.
The Art of the Personal Essay
This class is designed to focus on the essentials of turning personal experience into compelling narrative – and readying it for submission. 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: the central dramatic questions and themes, how to craft scenes, ways to build tension, and the ever-tricky business of pacing through the balanced use of showing and telling. All levels welcome.
When: July 13, 4-6 pm
Where: Somos, 108 Civic Plaza Drive, Taos, New Mexico
Cost: $40 members/ $50 nonmembers
Class size limited to 20, minimum 10; preregistration required. Checks should be made payable to SOMOS and credit card payments are available by calling 758-0081 or at somostaos.org
Laura Pritchett is the author of nine books. 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, Red Lightning, and The Blue Hour. She’s also editor of three anthologies: Pulse of the River, Home 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, Kind Of! (due out Sept 2017). 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 www.laurapritchett.com