Ghosts & Apparitions: Writing About What Haunts Us
The ghost story is among the oldest and most ubiquitous literary narratives, crossing nearly every culture and genre. But what is a ghost story, really? We’ll look at excerpted material from some of the classics (James, Wharton, Jackson, and Morrison) plus work from Laura van den Berg, Jesmyn Ward, Annie Dillard, Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint, and Carmen Maria Machado. Expect to learn a variety of literary techniques, obtain peer and instructor feedback, and leave with a new draft for a chapter, short story, or essay.
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Allison Ellis’ writing has been published in The New York Times, The Ploughshares blog, Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, Amazon Original Stories, SELF, Marie Claire, Redbook, and The Washington Post. In 2016, her essay, “Hold On” won the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Award in the short nonfiction category, and her forthcoming memoir, Ready About is the 2021 recipient of the First Pages Prize/Sandra Carpenter Prize for Creative Nonfiction. She holds an MFA from Bennington Writing Seminars (2021) and a BA from Smith College in American Studies. Read more of her work at allisonellis.com