Classes & Workshops

Ages: 14 & Up

Embracing the Personal Essay

Instructor(s): Sally Bittner Bonn
Location: WAB – 740 University Ave.


Does the word “essay” make you cringe? Not all essays are 5-paragraph school assignments. In fact, the personal essay is quickly growing to be one of the most popular, engaging, and publishable forms of writing! Whether you have a political commentary you want to make, a thought or theme you find yourself revisiting again and again, or a story from your own history to celebrate or reflect on—an essay can be about anything! We’ll examine the elements of a successful personal essay by studying published examples to examine elements of craft: form, voice, image, the music of language, and scene vs. summary. Each writer will leave at the end of the week with a draft of several essays and many ideas to move forward with!


If you would like to make a request for an accommodation, please email us at at least 10 days prior to the event.


To register for this class, or to get more information, please call (585)-473-2590 x107.