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Naming the World with Julie Batten

July 13, 2019 @ 9:00 am - July 14, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Naming the World – a weekend of Personal Essay based on BretAnthony Johnston’s book. To write well we must be able to “name theworld” around us in such a way as to throw a new light on the ordinary,to see the everyday through a different lens – one that measures the now on its own terms without preconception or expectation. On the first dayof this two-day workshop, we will use the prompts from Johnson’s book to explore all of the basic elements of crafting compelling personal essaysincluding character and setting, dialogue and narrative style, etc. Wewill write (and write some more) and spend the second day workshopping anddiscussing the bounty of our work and of course, revising! Come with your stories and personal observations and family yarns. Come with your musesand musings and courage enough to wrangle it all onto the page! You willleave on Sunday afternoon with at least one revised and completed essay. July 13-14 9am to 3pm Cost: $300 Minimum of 5 participants – Max 12 JulieBatten teaches in the English department at Salem State University and is the founder of the Glass House Shelter Project, a grassroots organization that brings college courses into homeless shelters. She recently did aTEDx talk at SSU about her work with marginalized folks and the power of the written word to give us a renewed sense of belonging in the world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgWZjOB_5Yg

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July 13, 2019 @ 9:00 am
July 14, 2019 @ 9:00 am