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  • Workshop
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)
  • 5 Weeks

Creative Nonfiction: The Hermit Crab Essay

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  • $340.00 Non-Member
  • $325.00 Member

Class Description

In their book Tell It Slant: Writing and Shaping Creative Nonfiction, Brenda Miller and Suzanne Paola liken the "hermit crab" as an essay that "appropriates other forms as an outer covering to protect its soft, vulnerable underbelly. It’s an essay that deals with material that seems to have been born without its own carapace—material that’s soft, exposed, and tender and must look elsewhere to find the form that will best contain it." In this workshop, we'll look at and write these essays that borrow the structures and forms they inhabit. These include essays that emulate how-to instructions, travel guides, emails and text messages, recipes, to do lists, field guides, grocery lists; job applications; syllabi and other academic outlines; obituaries; liner notes; contributors’ notes; abecedarians; want ads; game instructions, and other examples. The textbook is The Shell Game: Writers Play with Borrowed Forms, edited by Kim Adrian.

Scholarship Information

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

Scholarships Format/Location

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!