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Loyola offers writing course for community members

Loyola press release - September 17, 2010

Community members will have the opportunity to refine their creative writing skills with help from a new course at Loyola University New Orleans starting this month. “Irritations and Jubilations: The Art of the Personal Essay,” will focus on personal essay structure and will help writers draw inspiration from accomplished authors such as Michel de Montaigne, Walker Percy and Joan Didion.

The course will be offered every Tuesday from Sept. 28 – Nov. 16, from 7-9 p.m. and will be taught by Anne Gisleson of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. It is offered to adults age 18 and older and for $250 and is not for college credit.

“Anne Gisleson is an accomplished writer and teacher whose expertise in the personal essay will help students develop their own strengths,” said Mary McCay, Ph.D., professor of English and director of Loyola’s Walker Percy Center for Writing and Publishing.

Gisleson, who received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts and a master’s from Louisiana State University, has published poetry, fiction and non-fiction in The Mississippi Review, The New Orleans Review, Constance, Muse Media, Gambit Weekly and The Great American Poetry Show Anthology.

She has participated in residencies at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and the New York Institute for Writers and has also been the recipient of Louisiana Division of the Arts grants and a Surdna Arts Teacher’s Fellowship. Gisleson is currently chair of the creative writing program at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.

For more information or to register, contact Annie Goldman in Loyola’s College of Humanities and Natural Sciences at agoldman@loyno.edu or call McCay at (504) 865-2599.