The Self-Implicating Personal Essay: Providence
Sometimes the source of conflict in a personal essay can be internal -- the author-character is struggling with themself. When crafting these essays, a balance must be struck. Through radical honesty about one’s past failings, we inspire interest, win sympathy and demonstrate genuine growth. But how much is too much? In this class, we’ll use storytelling exercises to spark our creativity and we’ll draw upon published essays for examples that hit that sweet spot. And we’ll embark on the brave work of telling our own stories. Possible texts include: “How Much My Novel Cost Me” by Emily Gould, “My Family’s Slave” by Alex Tizon, “On Pandering” by Claire Vaye Watkins, “The Silence: The Legacy of Childhood Trauma” by Junot Diaz.
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- Class Discussion
- In-Class Reading
- Instructor Feedback
- In-Class Writing
- Book-Length Memoir
- Personal Essay
- Literary Journalism