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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 has been teaching creative writing for over 30 years.She currently teaches literature, creative writing and digital storytelling at Prescott College, Portland State University, Clark College, Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies, Fishtrap Writers Conference and Literary Arts. Her own creative work has taken her from lyric essay to digital storytelling to personal narrative documentaries based on her lyric essays. She won the Director’s Choice award for her documentary, “Between Sasquatch and Superman: Living with Down’s Syndrome”, from the San Francisco Short's festival and Best Short Animation for her film about her miscarriage from the Oregon Independent Film Festival.
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