Instructor: Susan Seligson
Monday - Friday
July 15 - 19
2pm - 4pm
What does growing older mean to you? In the ebbing years of a life – yours or another’s – what stories resonate the most and best reflect the powerful and universal experience of aging? In this workshop we will craft personal essays on aging with careful attention to writing that is honest, elegant, economical, and moving – essays that speak to the reader with wisdom and warmth. We will work together to hone our voices, whether humorous or lyrical, our meetings punctuated by lively discussion of readings from the work of May Sarton, Nora Ephron, Roger Angell, Parker Palmer, Atul Gawande, and others. Please keep in mind that this is not a course in journal writing, though journal entries may serve as inspirations. The goal is to write, rewrite, and fine-tune a 1,500-to-2,500 piece with a narrative arc and compelling theme.
Materials: Readings will be provided by the instructor.
Please come to the first class prepared to discuss one or more ideas for the piece you would like to write.
Susan is an award-winning essayist and journalist who has reported from around the U.S., India, Central America, and many countries in Europe and Africa. The author of the critically acclaimed books Going with the Grain (Simon & Schuster) and Stacked (Bloomsbury USA), she has written feature articles and essays for numerous national and international publications including The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Times of London, The Atlantic, Yankee, Allure, Redbook, Bostonia, and Outside, as well as the online publications Salon, Nerve,and Radar. Author of four children’s books, she has taught travel essay, memoir, creative nonfiction, and journalism. Susan divides her time between Truro and Brookline, Mass. Her varied passions include playing flute, belly dancing, and volunteering at the Samaritans crisis helpline.
See more at susanseligson.com