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The Art of the Personal Essay

**Please note the date of this workshop is June 18** Join Dr Lee Kofman to learn about different forms of personal essays, discuss how to find your themes and voice, and look at examples by known writers to learn more about structure.

Personal essay is one of the most interesting forms of writing. Some essays are short memoirs, siblings of short stories. Others are more discursive yet still vivid, offering viewpoints filtered through personal experiences and intimate voice; not lectures, but conversations.


Participants will learn:

  • About various forms of personal essays
  • To identify your essay themes
  • Examples of essay structures
  • How to forge your essayist's voice
  • How to write persuasively

Suitable for all writers but geared toward aspiring and emerging essayists.


—Online events are easy to access! You will need an internet connection and (ideally) a device with a camera – computers/laptops or even phones can be used to dial in. You will be sent a link to join a few days before the event. The link will take you to a private digital meeting where you can join the session. You can test the link at any time to ensure you can log in. Please respect the other participants in your event and mute your microphone at all times while the presenter is presenting. Background noise in houses such as TVs, pets and children can affect the sound quality.

About Dr Lee Kofman

Dr Lee Kofman is a Russian-born, Israeli-Australian author of three fiction books and two memoirs, including Imperfect (Affirm Press, 2019), which was shortlisted for Nib Literary Award, and The Dangerous Bride (Melbourne University Press, 2014), co-editor of Rebellious Daughters (Ventura Press, 2016) and editor of Split (Ventura Press, 2019), which was longlisted for ABIA Awards – anthologies of memoir by prominent Australian authors. Her short works have been widely published in Australia, US, UK, Scotland, Israel and Canada; her blog was a finalist for Best Australian Blogs 2014. Lee’s new book, The Writer Laid Bare (Ventura Press), is out in 2022.


Members $88 / Non-members $140

This program will be delivered online via Zoom


—Writers SA members must be logged in to receive the member discount. If you are a member of another state based writers centre, please contact [email protected] at least five working days before the event to get a code for the member price. Our staff don’t work full time and we don’t want you to miss out!


  • Starts: June 18th, 2022 1:00 PM
  • Finishes: June 18th, 2022 4:00 PM

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The Art of the Personal Essay

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