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Witness to History: Personal Essays and Memoirs

Whether it’s the moon landing, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, or the election of the country’s first African-American president, historic, world-changing events can have a very personal impact. In this interactive workshop, choose a reported event—whether witnessed firsthand or through the media—and craft a personal essay that recounts it from your own perspective. Use oral storytelling of personal recollections to shape your essay, and then delve into research to unlock memories and to add context to your story. The only required tools are memory, a notebook, a pen, and access to the Internet or a library. Beginners and seasoned writers are welcome.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • The ability to write about world-changing events in a personal manner
  • A draft of a personal essay or excerpt from a memoir

Ideal for

  • The curious and creative
  • Writers of all levels
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