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In this class we’ll take a close look at the writing and research skills needed to write a personal essay, and refine them over the course of 10 weeks. We’ll discuss how to best use essential literary elements such as detail, dialogue, structure, and description, as well as how to collect information through interviews, research, and other methods. Participants will complete three essays, and will also be given optional shorter exercises that can later be developed into longer works. There will be substantial time spent on revision, that magical process that takes a pleasant anecdote and turns it into a breathtaking essay. Participants will receive personal feedback on their work from the instructor and feedback from other class members via Group Review sessions.
For some people, creativity is an adaptive, innovative response to environmental sources of distress such as early death of a parent or other family problems, misfortunes, or conflicts (Adams-Price 1998; Albert 1996), whereas in other people the coping mechanisms might be substance abuse, depression, or withdrawal (McCormick and Plugge 1997).
How it works:Each week participants will be given a written lecture (topics listed below) and a selection of readings. Also during each week, participants will discuss writing problems, the assigned readings, and other general writing topics with each other and with their instructor through an online class discussion board. In some weeks participants will submit a full-length essay for instructor and/or peer review (a total of 3 essays during the 10-week course). There will also be two optional phone conferences that are open to all students (and available afterwards as recordings for students who cannot participate). Assignments are given on a per-week basis, and (aside from the phone conferences) there is no need to be online at any particular time of day.
Week 1: The Ground Rules of Memoir (and when to break them)
In this first week we’ll consider some of the questions that commonly arise while writing personal essays: What should you do when you can’t remember certain details from your past? How do you handle conflicting reports of the same event? How much can you embellish before your nonfiction becomes fiction? We’ll also discuss some practicalities, such as how to create a personal writing schedule and how to choose an essay topic for the class. Participants will complete a short writing assignment to share with the class.
Week 2: Detail and Description
This week we will jump into the writing process with a close look at the powers of detail and description in writing. We’ll discuss which types of details make the most impact on a reader, how to create descriptions that are accurate and evocative, and other skills. Participants will have an optional writing exercise.
Week 3: From Caricature to Human Being / Group Review
Human emotions and interactions are at the heart of all personal essays, so there are few skills as important as being able to make the people in a personal essay seem real, unique, and worthy of the reader’s interest or compassion. We will discuss how to use dialogue, character description, and other techniques to pursue this goal. Participants will write an essay that uses the skills from the first three weeks and submit it to the instructor, and may also submit work to their classmates for Group Review.
Week 6: Point of View
We tend to think of personal essays as being written exclusively in the first person, but taking on a different point of view can be a way to bring fresh insight to a personal encounter. In this week we’ll discuss different points of view and how they can best be used to accomplish various writing goals. Participants will write an essay that uses the skills from Weeks 5 and 6, and submit it to the instructor.