The Person and the Page: Defining Self in the Personal Essay

ATHENA DIXON is a poet and essayist born and raised in NE Ohio. She is the author of the chapbook No God in This Room (Argus House Press, 2018) and a debut collection of personal essays titled The Incredible Shrinking Woman (Split/Lip Press, 2020). Her work also appears in The Breakbeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic (Haymarket Books, 2018) and Getting to the Truth: The Craft and Practice of Creative Nonfiction (Hippocampus Books, 2021). Additionally, her poetry and essays have appeared in GAY Magazine, Grub Street, Narratively, Shenandoah, and So to Speak Journal among others. She is a recipient of a fellowship from the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing and a 2nd Book residency from Tin House. She resides in Philadelphia.

June 12, 2022 | Online via Zoom

12pm Pacific | 1pm Mountain |2pm Central | 3pm Eastern


Exploring personal histories, secrets, and experiences in personal essays can be an overwhelming task. It may be easier to retreat into the familiar versus bringing depth and detail to our portrayals on the page.

This session provides practical ways to dig below the surface of how we view ourselves and those we choose to include in our work. Participants will leave the session with tools to enrich their current or future projects and perhaps a better understanding of themselves. 


The Person and the Page

WBTW 90-min workshop – A. Dixon

$50.00


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