Home is a Hard Lesson


Writing the Conflict Between Who You Are and Where You’re From

What comes to mind when you think of home? Do you think of where you are or where you’re from? Have you ever examined, closely, how you feel about where you’re from?

Join us in May 2013 for Home is a Hard Lesson, a four week online writing workshop led by Amanda Page. Class price is $79 and includes daily posts (Monday through Friday) and prompts. Class begins May 6 and runs through May 31.

Home is a Hard Lesson, Part 2, a companion class, will run in May. A bundle of both courses is available for $99 (a discount of $19).

Read the blog post about the course bundle and a list of frequently asked questions about the courses.

Course Description

In this course, we’ll explore the relationship between the place that shaped us and who we’ve become independent of that influence. Based loosely on the concept of “every creative person has a complicated relationship with where they’re from,” participants will respond to a daily prompt designed to cause consideration, self-inquiry and discovery.

By the end of the four weeks, participants will have crafted and revised one complete personal essay that speaks to the concept of home as a place, a memory, a history and an essential part of who we are.

Supply List

For this class, you’ll need: memories, a little angst, willingness to explore, an interest in your hometown, and an interest in sharing your impressions with others.


Amanda Page

Amanda Page is a writer, part-time professor of English and private writing instructor. She earned her Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Alabama (Roll Tide). Sometimes, she teaches the art of the personal essay to gifted and talented students. She was a founding member of the L. A. Writers Group (.com) in Los Angeles, California. She now lives in Columbus, Ohio, where, according to a local reflexologist and energy worker, people come to “get their sh** together.” She’s currently working on a novel. She’s obsessed with the majestic decline of her hometown. And, she writes a lot of essays about dogs, too.

Check out Amanda at her web site Amanda-Page.com and follow her on Twitter too!