October 22nd
10:00 am-12:00 pm


Essay Intensive: The "How To" Essay & Other Borrowed Forms

Questionnaires, prescriptions, textbooks, manuals: this one day workshop explores how writers borrow the structure of  impersonal documents to create engaging works of personal nonfiction. 

Together we'll read model essays that sample various formats and pay particular attention to the "How To" essay--a form whose objective voice can generate humor or pathos in equal measure.  We'll then brainstorm possibilities for our own essays and begin to develop material in class. 

Workshop time includes constructive group response and individual feedback from the instructor. Participants will leave with the beginnings of an experimental essay and a flexible new tool in their creative nonfiction repertoire.  

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 more.  


1-day intensive
$75 | $65 (m)
w/Carla Riccio