On Saturday, June 23rd, I will be co-teaching a one day workshop with author Kevin Sampsell in Portland, Oregon.

Saturday, June 23rd, 11am-2pm, $40

Kevin Sampsell and Chloe Caldwell: Making Personal Essays Come Alive

A personal essay can encompass so many things–humor, sadness, tragedy, wisdom, and the deepest truths you can expose. In this special three-hour workshop, authors Kevin Sampsell (A Common Pornography) and Chloe Caldwell (Legs Get Led Astray) will team up to show you ways to get under the skin and into the hearts of your readers–using a variety of forms and styles. This class will teach you–through several creative exercises–sneaky tricks to make your personal essay or memoir come alive, as well as ways to defeat writer’s block. If what you’re working on is too sensitive to share with a small group of strangers, you won’t have to read aloud, but this workshop will include a lot of writing.

About his book, A Common Pornography (HarperCollins), Time Out Chicago wrote, “Kevin Sampsell has written a memoir unlike almost any other.”  Harper’s Magazine called it “[A] rather miraculous act of artistic self-creation” and author Jonathan Ames said, “I love its mosaic structure–a portrait of a family and a young man created out of jewel-like fragments of memory.” Sampsell has also written for the Associated Press and published essays in Nerve, Smith Magazine, the Willamette Week, and the Portland Mercury.

Cheryl Strayed calls Chloe Caldwell’s essay collection, Legs Get Led Astray (Future Tense Books) “a scorching hot glitter box of youthful despair and dark delight. Tender and sharp, wide-eyed and searching, these essays have a reckless beauty that feels to me like magic .” Her works has appeared in The Rumpus, The Faster Times, The Frisky, and The Sun Magazine.


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