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Like poetry, literary non-fiction opens the reader to an ‘aha’ experience. Whether you are writing about art, fly-fishing, scientific theory, a trip to Tibet, or family history, what distinguishes the literary essay or memoir from run-of-the-mill journalism is its music,…
In this class, we’ll study, write, and workshop short essays that delve deeply into the first person. We’ll focus on structure, narrative voice, and scene to cultivate vulnerability without self-indulgence, pathos without sentimentality, sharing without oversharing. We’ll use essays from…
Your life is a story with drama, meaningful relationships, and uniqueinsights. Whether you’re writing for self-exploration, publication, or to create afamily legacy, this seminar helps you craft, create, and publish your memoir. Fromself-discovery to publishing, Peterson gives you the structure, editorial insights, andwriting tools to turn your life into a story that inspires others. Writing exercises,workshop setting, and nourishing, constructive class critiques — join our writingcommunity and tell your story. Meeting once a month, this course is applicationonly.
There are ten spots only, and students must apply to be accepted. Submit applications at bit.ly/petersonclass
Your life—everyone’s life—is an unending, overwhelming flow of events and feelings and memories and experiences. In this class, we’ll explore strategies for narrowing and selecting our material. Through in-class critique, writing exercises, and studying examples of the form, we’ll also…
This will be a workshop for those who have committed themselves to the work of both reading and writing poetry. Within it we will make new work in response to existing forms, as well as revise older, unfinished work in…
In this class, we’ll explore the process of brainstorming, which is a catch-all term for my method of answering two questions that forever face a writer with a story to tell: “Where do I start?” and “What do I do now?” The class is pan-genre —…
In this class, we will examine forms of praise and power, from odes to elegies, as a way of finding our own poetry's necessary utterance. We will start a new poem (or two) and find ways out of our poetry habits and into new ones. Students may want to look at or bring my anthology The Art Of Losing: Poems of Grief & Healing for examples of elegy and lasting tribute.
We’ll look at examples from masters of comics and cartoons while exploring different aspects of the medium through a variety of exercises and assignments. Each student will generate multiple short pieces from which we’ll assemble a photocopied class anthology at the end of the class. For this class, drawing ability is not as important as the desire to communicate your ideas clearly.