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September 2020


Sep 23

Writing Classes Personal Essay Hybrid or Multi-Genre

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

Wed, September 23 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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.

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October 2020


Oct 13

Writing Classes Personal Essay Hybrid or Multi-Genre

Fall 2020: Writing with Constraints:Discover the Unexpected or the Unusual By Working with Limits

Tue, October 13 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Sometimes freedom is found within the boundaries of constraints. In this workshop, we are going to write to prompts, but with a twist. Each prompt will also come with some form of constraint or a series of constraints (i.e. write in the present tense, write only in second person, write the experience from end to beginning, etc.) We will be working towards a series of prose poems, or a lyric essay, or a personal essay, but all the while using…

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Oct 25

Writing Classes Nonfiction Personal Essay

Fall 2020 Online: Drafting Collage

Sun, October 25 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The collage or braided essay ​weaves different narrative and thought threads into personal writing to represent a non-linear path of thinking through complex and difficult topics.​ In Drafting Collage, we will deepen our understanding of this form by using revision techniques and workshop to deepen an essay that students want to write or have already begun. Outside reading assignments and in-class writing and revision exercises will nuance our understanding of the form and allow for some experimentation and writing play.…

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