A collage essay uses vivid images and quick cuts to tell stories in artfully arranged fragments, rather than in one specific narrative line. Inspired by visual art and film, collage storytelling is an inspiring way to supercharge your writing, and it’s surprisingly easy! Grab your writer’s notebook and join essayist Elena Passarello in this very hands-on, get-out-of-your-chairs workshop, which will outline the basics of reading, responding to, and–most importantly–writing your own nonfiction collages.
Elena Passarello is a writer, an actor, and the first female winner of the Stella! Shout-out screaming contest. She is the author of Let Me Clear My Throat, a 2014 Oregon Book Award finalist in creative nonfiction. Her essays have appeared in Oxford American, Slate, Iowa Review, and Creative Nonfiction, among other journals, as well as the music writing anthology Pop When the World Falls Apart. She teaches creative writing at Oregon State University.
The workshop is free but space is limited and participants are asked to register by emailing Susan Denning at firstname.lastname@example.org.