Editing Essays

  • February 2 and February 9, from 10 to noon
  • Patty Dann
  • Two sessions, $125

Do you have a personal essay of 800 words or less that’s sitting in a drawer, languishing on your laptop, or undergone several incarnations, yet it still doesn’t sing?Or perhaps you’ve written one that you think is pretty good, but you don’t know what to do with it next.

In this two-day workshop we’ll meet twice to get your essay ready to send out! The first Saturday, you’ll bring the essay to our studio to workshop with the instructor and your classmates for constructive critique. Then, your instructor, the awesome memoirist, teacher and author Patty Dann, will take your essay home and read it right away and e-mail revisions back to you on Sunday. She’s amazing, that Patty!

You can then revise your essay. In the second class, you’ll read your new and improved essay to the group and get final feedback. At the conclusion of the workshop, Patty will share tips and techniques for submitting your essay for publication.

Maximum 6 students.

Patty Dann is a bestselling writer and the author of THE BUTTERFLY HOURS: Transforming Memories into Memoir. New York Magazine named Patty one of the “Great Teachers of NYC.” She earned an MFA in writing from Columbia University and a B.A. from the University of Oregon. In addition to the Fairfield County Writers’ Studio, Patty has taught at Sarah Lawrence College and the West Side YMCA.

THE BUTTERFLY HOURS was chosen as one of the Best Books for Writers by Poets & Writers Magazine. Patty is the author of THE GOLDFISH WENT ON VACATION: A Memoir of Loss, and THE BABY BOAT: A Memoir of Adoption. She has also published three novels, MERMAIDS, STARFISH and SWEET & CRAZY. Her work has been translated into French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese, Korean and Japanese. MERMAIDS was made into a movie, starring Cher, Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci.

Patty’s articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Christian Science Monitor, O Magazine, The Oregon Quarterly, Redbook, More, Forbes Woman, Poets & Writers Magazine, “The Writer’s Handbook,” “DirtThe Quirks, Habits and Passions of Keeping House” and “This I Believe: On Motherhood.”

Patty lives in New York City.

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