Winter 2020: Exploring the Lyric Essay

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Winter 2020: Exploring the Lyric Essay


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February 2-23, 2020
Sundays, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (4 class meetings)
Meets at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington
Instructor: Miranda Schmidt
For writers at all levels
Instructor: Miranda Schmidt
Limited to 10 students

A flexible, hybrid form, the lyric essay employs techniques from poetry, nonfiction, and fiction to create a single work. In this workshop, we’ll experiment with lyric essay techniques and structures, read a variety of examples that employ these techniques, and craft our own lyric essays on subjects of our choosing. You will also learn revision techniques you can implement as you continue to work with your pieces after the class has ended.

Miranda Schmidt‘s work has appeared in TriQuarterly, Orion, Catapult, Electric Literature, The Collagist, and other journals. She has taught creative writing at the Loft, the University of Washington, and Portland Community College. Miranda grew up in the midwest and now lives in Portland. They are currently at work on a novel about haunting and a series of lyric essays that explore ecology through a queer feminist lens.