Unlocking the Box: Writing Personal Essays
Presented by Michele Filgate
9 a.m. to Noon
Sometimes the stories we need to tell about our own lives are buried inside of us, locked away in our subconscious. How do we face our fears and write about the subjects that we’re avoiding? There’s a common theme that emerges in some of the best personal essays: vulnerability. So how do we open ourselves up and shine a light on what we’re deliberately or unintentionally ignoring? In this workshop, we’ll use writing exercises as a way to access deeper truths. We’ll also focus on how to turn your own personal experiences into a compelling narrative.
Michele Filgate is a contributing editor at Literary Hub and the editor of an acclaimed anthology based on her Longreads essay, What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About, published by Simon & Schuster on April 30, 2019. Currently, she is an M.F.A. student at NYU, where she is the recipient of the Stein Fellowship. Her work has appeared in Longreads, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Refinery29, Slice, The Paris Review Daily, Tin House, Gulf Coast, The Rumpus, Salon, Interview Magazine, Buzzfeed, The Barnes & Noble Review, Poets & Writers, CNN.com, Fine Books & Collections Magazine, DAME Magazine, The Brooklyn Quarterly, Time Out New York, People, The Daily Beast, O, The Oprah Magazine, Men's Journal, Vulture, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Star Tribune, The Quarterly Conversation, The Brooklyn Rail, and other publications. She teaches or has taught creative nonfiction for The Sackett Street Writers' Workshop, Catapult, and Stanford Continuing Studies and is the founder of the Red Ink literary series. In 2016, Brooklyn Magazine named her one of "The 100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture." She’s a former board member of the National Book Critics Circle.
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