ellafont (ellafont) wrote in thequestionclub,

I've been taking a summer writing class at a large university this summer. It's actually more of a "writing" class, because we have not written a large amount of prose, nor have we spent any amount of time editing or improving our work. Anyway, we've written three two-page papers, and our final assignment is a 5-7 page paper. Basically, we can write any sort of personal essay or autobiography (of a portion of our life) for the assignment [we read Dave Eggers, David Sedaris, Sarah Vowell, Jamaica Kincaid, Art Spiegelman, and others]. I write quite a bit and I have a lot of ideas in my mind, but I don't know if I can turn then into a five-page essay before Monday.

So, what should I write about?
What would you write about if you were writing a personal essay?

-One of my ideas was to write about working in a bookstore, and all the things I've seen/learned/realized there...lame?
-I was also thinking of doing the autobiography option and writing about my first year of college (two years ago), and also including lots of excerpts from my journals...also lame?
-My last idea was to write about my faith, and also sort of tie that in to my relationship with my grandma who died when I was 15; it would end up being sort of a portrait of my faith...I don't think it would end up like this, but I'm not really a "yay God" type of person. Again, lame?

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