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Personal essay writing workshop offered at Belfast library

Jan 09, 2020
Linda Buckmaster

Belfast — “Writing the Personal Essay” will be offered on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with a half hour bag lunch break, at the Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. Poet and essayist Linda Buckmaster will lead the workshop made possible by a grant from the Maine Humanities Council. The event is free and open to all. Registration by Jan. 27 is required.

The personal essay has been undergoing a resurgence of interest and experimentation in recent decades. The options are exciting from “flash” to the longer braided essay or collage. Through reading and writing, participants will discover what they want to say and how to say it.

For inspiration and craft, participants will read a variety of essayists in a Reading Packet. They will “read like a writer,” unpacking the tools the authors have used in their work and how those tools might be used in their own writing. Through visual and word prompts, attendees will create new work that they can expand later.

No previous writing experience is necessary and the workshop is open to writers of all levels. New writers will get started, and more experienced writers will be able to grow their skills.

Buckmaster’s poetry and prose have appeared in almost 40 journals. Her book, "Space Heart. A Memoir in Stages," was published by Burrow Press in 1998. She has been teaching for four decades.

Please register in advance as space is limited. To register or for more information, contact Buckmaster at or, or call the Belfast Free Library at 338-3884 ext.10. The Reading Packet will be available at the library circulation desk after Jan. 17.

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