The personal essay is one of the richest and most vibrant of all literary forms, a unique style of creative non-fiction. It is friendly, conversational, loosely structured and often strives toward candor and self-disclosure. It allows the writer to discuss any topic from his or her point of view. Participants will write an essay each week, read it aloud in class, and receive critique and feedback from classmates. There will also be reading assignments that alternate between distributed articles about how to write essays and essays themselves that will be discussed at the beginning of each session. The text for the study group will be: The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present by Philip Lopate (Doubleday 1993). Join us if you have a strong desire to express your ideas and stories in the written word.