Dear Essayist, I like your style

Date: 9:30am for 10am start – 4 pm, Saturday 18 August and Saturday 25 August 2018
Location: Waikanae Baptist Church, Te Moana Road, Waikanae
Faculty: Lynn Jenner
Cost: $150 including lunch
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The whole world of non-fiction is hot these days and personal essays are a big part of the buzz. Personal essays are nothing like the dreaded essays we all had to write at school or university. They are small and can be as stylish as a poem. They are a chance to take on a subject and tell the world what you think, without writing a whole book, but you can put them together and make something bigger if you like. Essays are a chance to harness the beauty of language and make something that readers will enjoy. The possibilities are endless. You can make essays beautiful, sharp, ornamental, experimental or apparently simple. You can make your essay in a style no-one has seen before.

The aim of this two-day course is to support you to write essays in a style you like. We’ll start by looking at what sort of writing each person really likes to read. We’ll take a lead from that about what style each person might enjoy writing. We will look at a few stunning essays and investigate how the author uses language, sentences and structure to make a mood or a style.

One the first day we will be building up some resources and ideas that you can bring to your essay writing. In-between the two course days each person will write a draft of an essay.  On day two of the course we will workshop those so that you will take away constructive suggestions about how to develop that essay further.

This course will suit people who would like to see what is going on in the world of essays, people who haven’t ever written an essay but would like to have a try, and people who have an essay underway and would like to develop it further.

Feedback from a participant in Lynn’s most recent course on essay writing:

We were encouraged to write about something that brings us pleasure. I felt that I did find my voice and that I was authentic. It was great to get questions and different perspectives from the other essayists in this workshop setting.

Lynn JennerLynn Jenner writes essays and poetry. She teaches short courses on writing memoir and writing essays, mentors writers and assesses manuscripts. She has taught poetry at Whitireia and life writing at Massey. Lynn has a PhD in Creative Writing from Victoria University. Lynn’s second book, Lost and Gone Away is a hybrid memoir that explores loss across time and distance and the ethics of the search itself. It was a finalist in the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

Her first book, Dear Sweet Harry,won the NZSA Jessie MacKay Best First Book of Poetry prize in 2010.  Lynn is currently working on a collection of essays and poems about the Kāpiti Expressway. You can read and listen to some of Lynn’s work on her author website