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Fall 2020: Fragmentation and Joy: Writing for Resilience in Hard Times

September 23 - October 14, 2020
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (4 class meetings)
online via Zoom

Following in the tradition of Ross Gay, we will focus on writing about joy in the midst of pandemic, protest, and looming election. We will explore the lyric essay as a celebration of the fragment and the collage.

This is a generative writing class, where most of our time will be spent writing to prompts; at the end of our time together, we will offer feedback to each other on our work.

Perrin Kerns

Perrin Kerns served as the Director of Writing at Marylhurst University for 15 years. She currently teaches literature and creative nonfiction for Prescott College and Portland State. This summer she will also be teaching at PNCA’s new MFA in Creative Writing. Her own creative work has taken her from lyric essay to digital story to personal narrative documentaries based on her lyric essays. Most recently her film about a miscarriage, “What I Can Tell You,” won the best short animation at the Oregon Independent Film Festival in Portland.
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