ClassStructuring the Essay: Three Strategies
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