Brevity in Form: The Art of the Short Essay


Brevity in Form: The Art of the Short Essay

Led By: Beverly Donofrio
Suggested Donation: $550.00

Brevity in Form: The Art of the Short Essay


June 13, 2025 - June 15, 2025    
5:30 pm - 1:30 pm


Guest House
1615 Broadway, West Park, New York, 12493

Friday, 13 June – Sunday, 15 June, 2025

In this workshop, we will take a deep dive into crafting the short essay, a moving and personal form with the emotional impact of a short story and the lyricism of poetry. We’ll read essays from masters and innovators and explore sources of inspiration, from distant memories to pet peeves to impassioned beliefs. With the help of prompts, you will write at a number of first drafts and then shape and revise at least one into a pitch perfect, polished jewel.



Beverly Donofrio has published three memoirs. Her first, The New York Times bestseller, Riding in Cars with Boys, was made into a popular movie; her second, Looking for Mary, was chosen as a Barnes and Noble Discover Book; and her latest, Astonished, has been called astonishing. Her personal essays have appeared in many anthologies and periodicals, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Spirituality and Health, Oprah Magazine, Huffington Post, Slate, LongReads, Hippocampus, and Brevity. Her NPR documentaries can be heard through Sound Portraits. She has taught creative nonfiction workshops internationally and across the United States and is currently on the faculty of the low-residency MFA program at Wilkes University. Ms. Donofrio lives in Woodstock, NY. Visit to read some of her essays.

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