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Writing Personal Essays During a Pandemic with Melissa Hart

October 26, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Writing Personal Essays During a Pandemic 

Everyone seems to be writing their COVID experience these days, but how do you write something that stands out from the crowd? Eugene author Melissa Hart will help answer that question as the guest speaker at a joint online meeting of the Coast and Corvallis chapters of Willamette Writers on Monday, Oct 26 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Since March, editors have struggled to respond to a torrent of pandemic-related submissions. “It’s tempting to dismiss COVID-themed writing as overdone and, well, just plain over,” Hart says. However, personal essays published in magazines, newspapers, and anthologies allow writers to explore our very specific experiences with the coronavirus whether we’ve been ill, or found ourselves caring for homebound elderly parents while homeschooling our children, or volunteering to make hundreds of masks for healthcare workers and friends.” In this lively and inspiring presentation, Hart will provide examples of pandemic-related personal essays that offer insight into this extraordinary time. She’ll show writers through guided assignments how we can honor our own experiences over the past nine months and craft creative pieces that impress editors and resonate with readers.

About Author

Melissa Hart

Melissa Hart’s essays have appeared in Real Simple, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Working Mother, The Advocate, Orion, Oregon Humanities, Woman’s Day, and numerous other publications. She’s the author, most recently, of Better with Books: 500 Diverse Books to Ignite Empathy and Encourage Self-Acceptance in Tweens and Teens (Sasquatch, 2019). For more information, visit Hart’s website at www.melissahart.com.


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October 26, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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