This class is well-suited for writers who are engaged in writing personal essays or memoir and desire feedback on their ongoing projects. Readings each week will expand the class's exposure to the broad field of personal essay and memoir writing with emphasis on structure, voice, integrating research, and other aspects of artful nonfiction storytelling. Class will consist of weekly reading discussions, in-class writing exercises, craft talks, and guided workshop by peers. Our primary craft text will be Mary Karr’s The Art of Memoir. Lee Chilcote is cofounder and Executive Director of Literary Cleveland. His articles have appeared in Vanity Fair, Next City, Belt, Planning, Land and People and numerous other publications. His poetry and creative nonfiction have been published by Great Lakes Review, Pacific Review, Oyez Review, Blueline and others. His essays have appeared in the books Rust Belt Chic: A Cleveland Anthology, The Cleveland Neighborhood Guidebook and A Race Anthology. He has published two poetry chapbooks, The Shape of Home and How to Live in Ruins, with Finishing Line Press. He is a graduate of Cleveland State University and Lincoln College at Oxford University.