The personal essay is a form of creative nonfiction that blends memoir with research, narrative with fact, for a story that draws on personal experience but touches on some broader theme. Done well, it's a very publishable form that can work for a variety of publications, from literary journals to commercial magazines. Learn the process of developing a personal essay, from vetting ideas and pitching an editor to conducting research, structuring your story, and writing cinematic scenes with underlying insights. A step beyond pure memoir, the personal essay can be a powerful vehicle for social commentary and ideas.
This workshop is taught by Kim Cross!
Author of the New York Times Best-Selling WHAT STANDS IN A STORM, Kim Cross is a freelance writer and journalist specializing in meticulously reported literary nonfiction. After more than a decade as an editor and staff writer Southern Living, Cooking Light, and other publications, she quit her job to freelance full time for Outside, ESPN, Garden & Gun, Southwest magazine, Bicycling, Bike, and other magazines. Her fishing memoir, The King of Tides, was anthologized in The Best American Sports Writing 2016 and won a gold Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers. What Stands in a Storm was the inaugural winner of the Fitzgerald Museum Literary Prize and the American Society of Journalists and Authors Book Award. A Barnes & Noble “Discover” pick, it was named one of Amazon’s Best Books of 2015 and was a finalist in the GoodReads Choice Awards.