Essays | Writing Your Point with Athena Dixon

Best Practices on the Art of Crafting Personal Essays

Personal essays are as unique as the individual writer. However, there are a few best practices and tips to consider. In this session, poet, essayist, and editor Athena Dixon gives practical advice on the art of crafting personal essays. Participants will come away with tools to help them identify their core ideas, develop the means of telling the story, and how to best keep readers hooked for the duration.

This One-Hour Intensive is available through July 31



Your Instructor


Steven K. Smith
Steven K. Smith

Steven K. Smith is the author of fifteen books, including The Virginia Mysteries, Brother Wars, and Final Kingdom series for middle-grade readers. His titles have sold over 300,000 copies, and he is a regular speaker at regional industry and literacy events and over 200 elementary and middle schools. Steven lives near Richmond, Virginia, with his wife, three sons, and a golden retriever.

Website stevenksmith.net | Facebook @stevenksmithauthor | Twitter @stevenksmith1 | Instagram @stevenksmithauthor


Course Curriculum


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does access to this Intensive class start and finish?
Access to this Intensive begins when you complete your transaction/purchase. You have until July 31, 2021 to complete this class.
When was this class recorded?
This One-Hour Intensive Class was recorded in October 2020, at the 18th Annual James River Writers Conference. Mark your calendar for October 8-10, 2021 for the 19th Annual James River Writers Conference!
What should I expect from a JRW Intensive?
Intensive Classes offer a deep dive into a particular subject matter and is presented in a one-hour time frame. They are presented by one instructor, who is an expert in the material covered. These recordings do include Q&A from the attendees of the live class.
Who should take this course?
Our Intensives are designed to address specific subject matter for the needs of writers at all levels of expertise. Please use your best judgment when choosing which classes will be useful at this point of your writing journey. If you're looking for writing inspiration, paired with great takeaways for your writing craft, this course is for you! While our classes are available to both JRW Members and non-members, JRW Members do enjoy discounted rates. Visit jamesriverwriters.org/membership to sign up and enjoy your discounted rates as a JRW Member.

This course is closed for enrollment.