The Lyric Essay: Try One On For Size (with Celia Jeffries) - IN-PERSON
Remember when ‘the essay’ was a formal piece of writing that followed specific rules? Not anymore. Today the essay is breaking out of that scholarly box and exploring different ways to play with ideas or discover meaning. Randon Billings Noble calls these lyric essays and identifies four different forms: flash, segmented, braided, and hermit crab. She calls the lyric essay “a piece of writing with a visible/stand-out/unusual structure that explores/forecasts/gestures to an idea in an unexpected way.” Join us for a quick trip through some of these unusual structures. We will read excerpts from classic essays as well as more daring contemporary writings. Participants will have the opportunity to ‘try on’ some of these models through in-class writing with positive supportive feedback. Whether your subject is memoir, travel, food, or astrophysics, there’s a lyric essay waiting for you to test drive. Essay readings will be emailed before the meeting. Limited to 12 participants. Workshop held at Smith College.
***Proof of vaccination and booster required and checked at the door.***
WHEN: 2 Hours: Saturday, July 23 (10am - 12pm EST)
WHERE: Smith College, Northampton MA (In-Person Class)
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
CELIA JEFFRIES is the author of the novel Blue Desert. Her work has appeared in numerous newspapers and literary magazines including Westview, Solstice Literary Magazine, and Puerto del Sol, as well as the anthology Beyond the Yellow Wallpaper. She has received grants from Turkey Land Cove Foundation, The Massachusetts Cultural Council, and La Muse. Jeffries holds an MA from Brandeis and worked in news and educational publishing before earning an MFA from Lesley University.
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