Bring your stories! What ideas, incidents, or events have shaped your life? Join Mireya Vela, MFA and develop a personal essay that is crafted and revised over 4 weeks. The result will produce an essay that is interesting and powerful. You will be ready to share and submit your work.
“The Universe is made of stories, not of atoms.”—Muriel Rukeyser
I am Mireya and I believe in the force of stories to teach us about connection and humanity.
WHAT THIS CLASS WILL OFFER
- In this class, you will write about an idea, incident, or struggle that defined and changed you as a person. Each student will develop one personal essay during this four week class.
- Essays will be range from 1000-2000 words and will have a balance of scene and summary. While the events of this type of essays are interesting, it’s the emotional journey that really makes an impact.
- Learn how to build tension and draw in the reader with your own unique voice.
- Options for submitting and publication toward the conclusion of the class series
The ultimate goal of the class is to have a completed essay in the course of those four weeks.
Each week there will be a lecture, a discussion forum, a writing or revision assignment, and optional extra reading material. The instructor will give detailed feedback on the first assignment and works with the participant to revise and edit that assignment for a final draft.
ABOUT MIREYA S. VELA
Mireya S. Vela is researcher and teacher turned author. Ms. Vela grew up in a storytelling culture. She has never forgotten the thrill of hearing her family’s stories told and retold. Ms. Vela believes in the power of stories and their ability to transform the world—and bring people together in common understanding. Her goal as a literary citizen is to highlight the stories of people that are not part of the dominant narrative. When she isn’t fighting the evils of inequity, Vela can be found stress baking and overthinking her rabbit’s comfort levels. She is the author of Vestiges of Courage.