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Ankeny Writers Workshop

Writing & Publishing Personal Experience Essays presented by Tim Bascom

The personal essay can be built traditionally, like a dramatic story, or lyrically, like a poem.  It can also include more reflection than in fiction. Literary journals and popular interest magazines welcome the whole range of personal essays.

We will look at the options for writing compelling personal essays and talk about how to match the writing with well-suited publications.

Tim Bascom is the Director of Creative writing at Waldorf College and teaches annually at the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival. The author of a novel, a collection of essays, and the prize-winning memoir Chameleon Days: An American Boyhood in Ethiopia. Running to the Fire, Bascom’s most recent memoir, focuses on the turbulent year the Bascom family experienced upon traveling into revolutionary Ethiopia.

Everyone welcome.