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"How to Conceive and Structure Personal Essays" with Antonio Ruiz-Camacho
5/6/2017 From 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
$49 members (sign in for member pricing)
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Note: Online registration will close at the end of Thursday, May 4. After that you can pay admission at the door with a check for the walk up rate - $59 for members and $119 for nonmembers - as long as seats are available. Thank you!
Location Note: This class is held in Moody Hall, Room 204. This is a different building from past years' classes at St. Edward's University. You can find a campus map here.
The best writers know how to use random, unexpected pieces of inspiration in their writing. One of the most popular and innovative forms of writing today is the personal essay. In this class, students will learn to pair traditional journalistic methods and structures with the narrative energy of short fiction and memoir in order to craft compelling essays. The class will focus on:
- Basic elements and structures
- Figuring out the frame of the essay
- What to summarize and what to put into short scenes
- How structure changes depending on length (800 words versus, say, 2000)
- Expectations of fact-checkers and how to fact check your own memory
About the instructor:
Antonio Ruiz-Camacho was born and raised in Toluca, Mexico. A former Knight Journalism fellow at Stanford University, a Dobie Paisano fellow in fiction by the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Institute of Letters, and a Walter E. Dakin fellow in fiction at Sewanee Writers’ Conference, he earned his MFA from The New Writers Project at UT Austin. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, Texas Monthly, The Millions, and elsewhere. His debut story collection Barefoot Dogs won the Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Book of Fiction and was named a Best Book of 2015 by Kirkus Reviews, San Francisco Chronicle, Texas Observer and PRI's The World. It was published in Spanish translation by the author, and is forthcoming in Dutch. Antonio lives in Austin, Texas, with his family, where he's currently at work on a novel.
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