In this class students will learn how to compose a story that evokes an emotion in the reader. Chicken Soup for the Soul narratives are always inspirational, frequently poignant, often humorous, and sometimes thoughtful. They're also true. Mastering the personal essay benefits writers whose goal is publication. Many venues are receptive to this genre. For each session, students will have prepared a 300-word piece on an assigned theme. These themes will be ones the anthology suggests. In class, we will analyze what works and what doesn't. Students will advance from being oral storytellers to genuine writers. Students will be encouraged to submit their stories and reminded often of deadlines. Students should bring pen and paper to class. *Writing.