On Tuesday evenings this April and May I will be teaching a personal writing class through Grackle & Grackle that examines and encourages essay writing in the least stodgy way imaginable. These are not your boring five-paragraph essays you hated from 9th grade or college freshman English. These are forays into yourself as you engage with the world, creative documents that turn both inward and outward.
Here below is the official title and description. Click on any of the links to register. I hope to see you there!
Attempts, Journeys, and Epiphanies: The Expanse of Possibility Within the Personal Essay
The word essay means “to attempt or try,” and we often use the essay form as a path toward understanding. Writing an essay is therefore a journey in itself. And when we share our essays, they can, as Phillip Lopate suggested, make “the reader feel less lonely in their confusion and darkness.” But one doesn’t have to flounder in despair to engage in this complex and lovely form.
In this course, we will use mentor texts on a variety of subjects and employ multiple forms in our writing. We will dive wholeheartedly into our curiosity. If you find the ordinary five-paragraph essay from your school days tedious, don’t worry. We’ll be experimenting with more exciting structures here.
Bring your past experiences, bring your nascent ideas about concepts outside of yourself, bring your willingness to try new things. And definitely bring something to write with, because this course will be generative, each week. You’ll also have the opportunity in workshop to get feedback on your writing in a collaborative and respectful atmosphere.
This workshop will meet via Zoom on eight Tuesdays evenings from 6:00-9:00 central time, April 4th through May 23rd.
The G&G discounts for their spring classes are as follows:
Use them when you register for my class if you need to.
Click here to learn more and to register. But don’t wait too long, as these classes sometimes fill quickly.
4 thoughts on “Why Essays Are So Much More Than They Appear”
My writing experience has mailnly be journaling. Will this be over my head to do? It sounds interesting.
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Hello. 🙂 And I don’t think so, not at all! In fact, journaling is one of the best precursors for personal essays because journaling is typically another form of personal writing.
I love the moment when someone realizes there are so many interesting ways to communicate beyond the 5-paragraph essay. And always amazed at the sheer struggle it takes so many people to be able to break the habit!
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Yes! I always call those the 5-snoragraph essays. Like, they get the job done most of the time, but ZOMG snoooooze. 😉 I actually love the essay form for its intense variety.