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Teen Storytellers Lab

The Art of the Personal Essay led by Christine Gardiner


8 Meetings

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Monday - Thursday 1:00 pm EDT - 3:00 pm EDT July 27 to August 6, 2020

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In this two-week workshop, students will read and write personal essays, find their authentic voice, and channel their most profound stories. This course is about creative discipline and personal discovery. Students will read exemplary texts by contemporary masters and immerse themselves in the arts of reflection, description, narration, and persuasion. Through writing exercises, workshops, and one-on-one sessions, students will draft and revise two personal essays—suitable for publication or the college application process. Students will develop transferable skills in composition, rhetoric, and critical analysis. The course will encourage students to transform their 2020 experience into a creative document and culminate in a public reading.

This course will take place online via Zoom. Participants will receive instructions for access prior to the first meeting.


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    Dr. Christine Gardiner

    Dr. Christine Gardiner

    Dr. Christine Gardiner is the author of the blog Pet Murmur, the book My Sister’s Father, and THE BIRDHOUSE—a novel in process. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Denver, and her MFA from Brown University. She taught literature and writing at the undergraduate and graduate levels for over a decade, and she now works with young writers to help them find their voice, develop their gifts, and imagine the future of the book in a new age.