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4-Week Essay Bootcamp
Session One: Welcome, The Basics, Considering The Single-Scene Narrative Essay
+ What is an essay/creative nonfiction?
+ Optional Reading: Phillip Lopare's "The Essay, An Exercise In Doubt"
+ Reading: Joe Brainard's "I Remember" (excerpts)
+ Exercise: "I Remember"
+ Read: T Kira Madden's "Pencil"
+ Exercise: "Introduction By Way Of Metaphorical Object"
+ Reading: Sandra Cisneros' "My Lucy Friend Who Smells Like Corn"
+ Reading: Diane Seuss' "I Hoisted Them, Two Drug Dealers, I Guess That's What They Were..."
+ Exercise: The Stream-of-Consciousness Essay
Session Two: Employing Repetition & Small, Specific Moments
+ Reading: Justin Torres' "We The Animals"
+ Exercise: Repetition, Anaphora, and Parallelism
+ Reading: Dave Lucas' "That Father Lost"
+ Exercise: The List Essay
Session Three: The Single-Scene Narrative Essay & Experimental Forms
+ Reading: T Kira Madden's "The Lizard"
+ Exercise: The Small Made Large
+ Reading: Dylan Nice's "Teeth"
+ Reading: Ryan Van Meter's "First"
+ Exercise: The Single-Scene Narrative Essay
Session Four: The Lyric Essay & The Associative Essay
+ Reading: Michael Martone's "Some Space"
+ Exercise: The Lyric Essay
+ Reading: Jenny Boully's "Between Cassiopeia and Perseus"
+ Reading: Jenny Boully's "Mourning Suit"
+ Exercise: The Twenty Little Essay Projects
+ Reading: Matthew Gavin Frank's "A Brief Atmospheric Future"
+ Exercise: The Associative Essay
Reading & Writing Beyond Our Time Together: The Braided Essay, In Media Res, Writing Other People's Stories
+ Reading: Jo Ann Beard's "The Fourth State of Matter"
+ Exercise: The Braided Essay
+ Reading: Kyle Minor's "The Question of Where We Begin"
+ Exercise: In Media Res
+ Reading: Jo Ann Beard's "Werner"
+ Exercise: Writing Other People's Stories
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