This month’s meeting will feature an introduction and practice workshop on writing experimental essays with author and teacher Ellen Santasiero. Here’s what you can expect:
What do you get when you write your personal story using techniques from fiction and poetry? An experimental personal essay! We’ll look at examples of innovative personal essays that play with structure, form, and point-of-view, and practice starting one or two experimental essays of our own.
Ellen Santasiero loves connecting with local writers through her classes and workshops in central Oregon! In her workshop, Speak, Memory: Beginning Your Memoir, she begins with warm-up exercises that help participants access important memories, and then guides them in writing and editing their own short memoir. Her craft workshops include in-depth work with metaphor, language, and sentences. Ellen teaches literature and creative writing at OSU-Cascades in Bend. Her essays and author interviews have appeared in The Sun, Northwest Review, Marlboro Review, youshare.com, The Polk Street Review, and High Desert Journal, among others. She grew up in New York and Indiana, and in 1989, she moved west, where she learned that the word “butte” was not pronounced “butt.”