2010-01-28 / News

Island author to teach essay writing class

Jamestown resident Leslie Banker, co-author of “Britannia in Brief: The Scoop on All Things British,” will offer an essay writing class on Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. from March 17 through April 15 at the Jamestown Gallery on Conanicus Avenue. The class is being offered as part of the Jamestown Arts Center’s programming.

A personal essay can be humorous, heartbreaking, informative or sentimental; it presents the writer’s unique slant on an idea or an experience, whether it’s as mundane as taking out the garbage or as fanciful as believing in fairies.

This class will cover the basics of essay writing for students who want to write for themselves, for publication or both. Emphasis will be on getting started and deciding which stories to tell, how to make personal stories have a universal point, the importance of revising and rewriting, and how to use techniques of fiction—such as dialogue and suspense—to engage a reader. Writing assignments will be given, and essays will be read and critiqued. For those interested in publishing essays, markets and how to approach editors will be discussed.

Cost for the class is $100; a minimum of four students must be enrolled.

Leslie, who lives in Jamestown with her husband and daughter, also wrote “The Pocket Renovator” and “The Pocket Decorator.” She has written for publications such as Edible Rhody, Interior Design and Architectural Digest. As a reporter for The Southampton Press on Long Island, she won the N.Y. Press Association’s best feature story award.

Learn more about her at www.lesliebanker.com.

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