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“Writing a Personal Essay” with Carl Scharwath

October 3, 2023, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

$25 – $35

“Writing a Personal Essay” with Carl Scharwath

Tuesday October 3, 10, 17 and 24, 1 – 2:30 PM

Arts on Douglas Gallery, 123 Douglas Street

Presented by ACA Volunteer League

This class taught by Carl Scharwath is designed to help you unlock the power of your unique experiences and perspectives through the art of personal storytelling. It will provide you with the tools, techniques, and inspiration to craft compelling narratives that resonate with readers.

Personal essays are a powerful medium for self-expression and connection. They allow us to delve deep into our memories, emotions, and observations, weaving them into narratives that captivate and engage others. Through the personal essay, we can share our triumphs, challenges, growth, and insights, inviting readers on a journey that is both universal and intimately personal.

Throughout this course, we will explore the key elements of effective personal essays, from choosing the right topic to crafting a strong opening, developing vivid characters, creating tension and conflict, and ultimately crafting a satisfying resolution. We will delve into the importance of voice, authenticity, and vulnerability in personal writing, while also honing our skills in structure, style, and revision.

Writing a personal essay is not just about sharing our stories; it’s about discovering meaning, finding our voice, and connecting with others on a profound level. This class will encourage you to dig deep into your own experiences, allowing your unique perspective to shine through. Whether you want to write for personal reflection, publication, or simply to share your story with loved ones, this course will empower you to craft personal essays that resonate and leave a lasting impact.

In the final class we will discuss how to publish your essay as well as networking on social media.

Class fee $25.00-member  $35.00 Non-member

Carl Scharwath, has appeared globally with 180+ journals selecting his writing or art. Carl has published three poetry books and his latest book “Playground of Destiny,” features poetry, short stories and photography (Impspired Press.)  Carl has four photography books, published by Praxis in Africa, and CreatiVingenuity. His photography was also exhibited in The Mount Dora and Leesburg Centers for the Arts. Carl is currently a co-editor with CreatiVingenuity, ILA Magazine and was the art editor for Minute Magazine. He was nominated for two The Best of the Net Awards (2021-22). He is also a competitive runner, and a  2nd degree black- belt in Taekwondo.

For more information and to register, contact Peggy Imbert, 386.402.7517 or pimbert@atlanticcenterforthearts.org


October 3, 2023
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
$25 – $35
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Peggy Imbert


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