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with Christine Pakkala


Everyone has a story to tell, one that is uniquely theirs. Stories entertain, teach, and even heal us. Whether you envision your story as a series of personal essays or as a book-length memoir, your story matters and readers want to hear it. Please join me in this supportive atmosphere where you will receive constructive yet gentle feedback on your writing about your life. Not sure where to begin? Some writers know the story they want to tell, and other writers need “prompts” to get started. Wherever you are, I will meet you there!


You will be invited to write 4 to 5 pages, double-spaced, of writing, which you will share with your instructor and the workshop members prior to the beginning of the workshop. You will read aloud your work in class and receive verbal feedback from class members and your instructor (me!).


Optional: Want an extra hour of one-on-one attention?I will provide written feedback on either part of a manuscript OR a query letter for a total of an extra hour of consultation time. Please choose this option in the drop-down menu when purchasing this workshop. This extra time will be scheduled directly with me.





Online via Zoom
6:30-9pm EDT

7 Wedensdays

April 3, 10, off, 24, May 1, May 8, 15, 22


For more information, call 203.227.3250 or email


About the instructor...

Christine Pakkala is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop MFA. She was a Fulbright Scholar (1994) in Helsinki, Finland, where she translated modern Finnish poetry. She taught 7th and 9th grade English at Horace Mann and has published essays in Salon, BrainChild and Serendipity and is the 2013 winner of the Ladies Home Journal essay contest. She’s the author of Last-But-Not-Least Lola Going Green, which was the winner of the Santa Monica Public Library's Green Prize, and a novel for teens, Jasmine and Maddie, which was a VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocate) Top Shelf pick and a Bank Street Best Book.

Christine is working on a memoir and the first chapter of it will be published this Fall as an essay in "The Seventh Wave", an arts and literary magazine.


Writing About Your Life with Christine Pakkala - ONLINE

SKU: N113s24-wed
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