Mastering the Personal Essay

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A painted portrait of Lee Kofman

Lee Kofman
18 March 2018 - 10:00 to 4:00 PM
Lee Kofman
Personal essay is one of the most interesting forms of non-fiction.

Some essays are short memoirs, siblings of short stories. Others are more discursive yet still vivid, offering viewpoints filtered through personal experiences and intimate voice; not lectures, but conversations. We’ll learn about different forms of personal essays, discuss how to find your themes, learn about structure (particularly how to begin) and, most importantly, practice finding and honing your essayist’s voice.

You will learn


  • about various forms of personal essays
  • to understand the concept of personal essayist’s voice
  • to identify your themes
  • some examples of structure
  • how to forge your own voice.

About Lee Kofman

Lee Kofman is an author of four books, including the memoir 'The Dangerous Bride' (Melbourne University Press), and co-editor of 'Rebellious Daughters' (Ventura Press), an anthology of personal essays by prominent Australian memoirists. Her short works have been widely published in Australia, UK, Scotland, Israel, Canada and US, including in Best Australian Essays. Her blog was a finalist for Best Australian Blogs 2014. She’s currently writing a creative nonfiction book to be published by Affirm Press.

Event registration fee
Concession member $ 135.00
Member $ 145.00
Non-member $ 195.00

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