Saturday, February 25th
The List Essay
In the 10th century, Japanese courtesan Sei Shonagon penned a scathing list titled "Hateful Things," now considered one of the first personal essays ever written. Since then, essayists have used the humble list as a structural backbone for personal meditations on life, love, loss and everything in between.
In this one-day workshop, we'll read contemporary examples of the list essay and discuss its particular attributes and liberations. We'll then brainstorm our own ideas, write during class, and share our work using guidelines for supportive peer critique. Each writer will receive individual feedback from the instructor for moving forward and suggestions for further reading. Participants will leave with the beginnings of an original essay, seed material for others, and a working introduction to non-traditional forms of personal narrative.
No prior writing or personal essay experience required. This workshop is ideal for beginning through advanced writers.
The Essay Intensive series explores forms & topics particular to personal narrative and creative nonfiction. See our workshop calendar for monthly intensives through Spring 2017.