Writing the Hermit Crab Essay: Adventures in Form


Writing the Hermit Crab Essay: Adventures in Form


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Saturday, November 11, 2017
2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Classroom C
Northwest Film Center (934 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205)
$75.00 (tuition includes admission to Wordstock) / class size limited to 15

taught by Erica Trabold

Explore the inextricable link between form and content in creative nonfiction. Nonfiction writing that doesn’t follow traditional forms is often called a “hermit crab” essay because it borrows its formal structure from something that already exists. An essay doesn’t have to be composed in blocky paragraphs. A letter, list, recipe, syllabus, screenplay, pack of cards, resume, police report, triptych – the forms waiting to be turned into “hermit crab” essays are imaginatively endless. 

Erica Trabold’s essays have appeared in South Dakota Review, Essay Daily, Seneca Review, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Erica was a 2016 artist-in-residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.