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What a Moment Holds: Writing Short Truths with Ellen Blum Barish

$65.00 · May 21

We’ll read sections of essays and memoir that illustrate glimmers of truth or transformation and discuss what makes them work and with the help of provocative prompts, get started on our own.

Start Date

May 21

Day(s) of the Week

Tuesday

Class Times

6:30pm – 8:30pm CT

Sessions

1

Location

Zoom (online)

Instructor

Price

$65

In stock

Description

Abigail Thomas calls them shocks of truth, moments that happen in a flash that when captured by a writer can do the same for the reader. Strategically placed, these hard-working sentences can elevate an essay (“On the Street,” Vivian Gornick, “Resting Place,” Kate Levin) or provide a skeletal structure for memoir (Heating and Cooling, Safekeeping, The Book of Delights). Often theses are the sparks that brought the writer to the page. In this single session workshop, we’ll read sections of essays and memoir that illustrate glimmers of truth or transformation and discuss what makes them work and with the help of provocative prompts, get started on our own.

About Ellen Blum Barish

Ellen Blum Barish is author of the essay collection, Views from the Home Office Window, and just completed a memoir now being represented by an agent. She is the editor of Thread: A Literary Publication, which earned two notables in Best American Essays and Stitch, a monthly publication of 100-word essays. Her essays and personal stories have been published in The Chicago Tribune, Tablet, Brevity’s Blog, Full Grown People, Literary Mama, aired on WBEZ Public Radio and have been told at numerous Chicago storytelling events. She teaches writing at Northwestern University where she received a master’s in journalism. Ellen works privately with individuals on a variety of writing projects through her workshops and coaching and was awarded the 2018 Award for Individual Artistic Excellence by the Skokie Arts Commission. For more about Ellen, go to www.ellenblumbarish.com.