Experimental Essay Forms: Providence
Is your essay writing stuck in a rut? Or do you have a personal story you struggle to tell in a traditional narrative structure? Just because you know the events you want to describe or the material you want to cover, doesn’t mean you know the right way to tell it. Sometimes it’s not you, it’s the traditional essay form that’s got you down. In this one day class, you’ll see how leaving your comfort zone and working within the constraints of a specific form can bust open your writing style. Can a want ad be an essay? Can a resume be an essay? And if so, how? We’ll deconstruct several nontraditional forms and see how writers have used them to tell surprising and moving stories. Then we’ll do exercises based on these forms, and forms you brainstorm on the spot. You’ll have the opportunity to share a few paragraphs of your new work with your classmates, and leave this class with the beginnings of one or more new essays, or new approaches to old essays.
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