Course DescriptionThe personal essay inspires both readers and writers to discover new perspectives for looking at the world, understanding their own lives, and discovering meaning even in those moments that without pondering might seem unimportant. It is also among the most marketable of genres. In this two-weekend course, you engage in writing exercises, small group work, readings of master essayists, work shopping, and studying marketing techniques, and in the process, unearth new story ideas, create messy first drafts, and learn the art and joy of rewriting as well as the pains and pleasures of publication. By the end of our final weekend, you will have crafted one 500-to-2,000-word personal essay, as well as planted and begun to develop seeds for many future essays. Suitable for both new and experienced writers.
Course OutlineDive in to writing personal essays in this two-weekend intensive workshop that shows you the basics and then empowers you to craft your own work.
Course OutlineComplete writing exercises that help you unearth new essay ideas
Read master essayists to identify what makes their work effective
Create drafts of new work and then revise it based on workshop feedback
Work on one essay to completion as you develop other ideas into drafts
Course may be taken to satisfy core (Beginning) units in the Creative Nonfiction Certificate Program, or as an elective in either fiction/creative nonfiction certificate.
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