In this generative creative nonfiction seminar, we’ll focus on a new style of essay each week: flash creative nonfiction, the personal essay, the lyrical and/or braided essay, and the hermit crab essay. The course includes weekly readings and lessons, followed by generative prompts that encourage creative, unexpected, deeply personal narratives. Each class will include a supportive, structured mini-workshop process. We’ll explore tangible editing techniques to help polish our drafts, as well as discuss both literary and freelance publications that might be a good fit for our work.
By the end of these four weeks, writers will have completed four early drafts, as well as developed a plan for moving forward with revisions for each piece. Students will participate in weekly small group workshops, and will have the opportunity to send one essay to the instructor for detailed feedback.