Class
Structuring the Essay: Three Strategies

Open Seats
3
Price
Regular $210.00
Member $189.00
Low Income $147.00
Date
September 17, 2019-October 22, 2019
Time
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Genre
Creative Nonfiction
Family
Adult
Level
Intermediate
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Number of Sessions
6
Day of the Week
Tuesday
Duration
6 Week
Creative Nonfiction Graphic

The essay can go anywhere. You begin with an idea, and as you write, the subject swells, new territory opens up. How will you manage the unfolding possibilities? Suddenly the problem of structure becomes urgent. Learn three strategies to bring coherence, focus, and emotional resonance to your work.

Whether your essay begins with a clear idea or an intuitive urge, finding the structure that best serves the work can be a challenge. You must focus the reader's attention in a way that makes logical, aesthetic, and emotional sense. We will investigate three focusing strategies that writers use to bring power to their essays, memoir, or creative nonfiction: the Object Essay; the Journey Essay; the Segmented Essay.

The class will include in-class writing assignments to generate new work; discussion of diverse readings including Virginia Woolf, Sei Shonagon, Maggie Nelson, Amitava Kumar, Amy Tan, and others; group feedback on your work; and individual critiques from the teaching artist.

Intended outcome: a finished 5–10 page essay. This class is for writers with some experience in writing essay, memoir, or creative nonfiction.

$5.00 copy fee