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Newport: Personal Essay Workshop with Karen Karbo

April 9, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Note: This Meeting is on Sunday, April 9, and not on our usual 3rd weekend

Karen Karbo, author of multiple award-winning novels, memoirs and works of non-fiction, will discuss the art of the personal essay at the April 9 meeting of Willamette Writers Coast Chapter. The meeting takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Newport Library.

Everything’s Personal: Finding your Essayist’s Voice & Passion

The stranger the times, the more the personal essay shines. Not to be confused with the sleep aid we learned to crank out in 6th grade, nor the over-written plea included in our college application, the best personal essay is passionate, eccentric, provocative, and about one inch from coming off the rails. Which makes them a blast to write. Come with ideas, leave with a better sense of your voice, true subjects, point of view, and power.

About Karen Karbo

Karen Karbo best-selling “Kick-Ass Women” series includes Julia Child Rules: Lessons on Savoring Life, How Georgia Became O’Keeffe: Lessons on the Art of Living, The Gospel According to Coco Chanel: Life Lessons from the World’s Most Elegant Woman, and How to Hepburn: Lessons on Living from Kate the Great.
Karbo’s novels include Trespassers Welcome Here, The Diamond Lane and Motherhood Made a Man Out of Me. Her 2004 memoir, The Stuff of Life, about the last year she spent with her father before his death, was a New York Times Notable Book, a People Magazine Critics’ Choice, a Books for a Better Life Award finalist, and a winner of the Oregon Book Award for Creative Non-fiction.
Her short stories, essays, articles and reviews have appeared in Elle, Vogue, Esquire, Outside, the New York Times, salon.com , The Nervous Breakdown.com and other magazines.
A Portland resident, she was one of 24 authors selected for the inaugural Amtrak Residency. Her next book, In Praise of Difficult Women, is forthcoming in 2018.


April 9, 2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Newport Public Library
35 NW Nye Street
Newport, OR 97365


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