ClassCrafting the Longform Essay
In this class, we will explore how to craft engaging long-form essays. Using examples from writers such as Rebecca Solnit, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Anne Helen Peterson, Andrea Long Chu, and more, we will discuss how to hone and integrate various components of long-form writing such as analysis, theory, memoir, and reporting.
The class will include an overview discussion of what a long-form essay is and what makes a good one, reading and discussing sample essays (see below), writing the introduction of a long-form essay and outlining the remaining portions, and workshopping the essays in class.
Please read the following essays before class and come prepared to engage in discussions on craft: "The Case for Reparations" by Ta-Nehisi Coates, "How Change Happens" by Rebecca Solnit, and "On Liking Women" by Andrea Long Chu. Having a printed or electronic copy in front of you during class is preferred
If you wish to read even more examples of craft in writing the long form essay, check out "How Millenials Became the Burnout Generation" by Anne Helen Petersen and "Known Assailants" by John Tormey.