The Braided Essay
You're an excellent researcher with a personal response to your topic and you want to write about both. Maybe you're writing personal narratives but something seems to be missing--your instinct tells you another element is needed but you're unsure what.
This class may offer you a new solution. The braided essay includes at least two ways of writing about a topic that provides the reader--and writer--with a sense of unexpected resonance. Often the reading experience is surprising and writing of the essay is fun! In this 1-day workshop we will study examples of essays that incorporate both personal and researched writing, interrogate any issues in our own writing practice and see if the braided essay might just offer a key. All levels welcome.
Lisa Donovan is the author of Red of Split Water, from Trembling Pillow Press. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Denver's Creative Writing Program, a M.F.A. from Brown University's Literary Arts Program, and studied with Dean Young, Tessa Rumsey, and James Galvin as an undergraduate at the University of Iowa. Dr. Donovan currently teaches at Trinidad State Junior College and has taught at the University of Denver and Brown University, among others.