Writers’ Program student Ruth Karpinski published her first nonfiction essay in Natural Solutions magazine this month. The essay, entitled “My First Belly Roll” documents Ruth’s nerve-wracking and exhilarating experience with belly dancing classes at her local community center.
Ruth recently took the course Writing the Personal Essay and says, “Shawna Kenney’s class was definitely worth the weekly hour and a half commute from the Inland Empire. Her easy style and creative exercises really got our pens moving on the page. I appreciated so much the atmosphere of respect we were all able to foster through our common passion for the written word. I learned a great deal and was encouraged, rather, inspired to keep pressing on with my work. When I received word that my essay would be published, they celebrated along with me! This was more than just a class – my time there was a gift as is true with many of those I have taken through the Writers’ Program.”

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