Nonfiction, Essay

  • Term: Summer 2022
  • Start Date: July 19, 2022
  • End Date: July 26, 2022
  • Day of Week: Tuesday
  • Time: 1:10pm - 3:10pm PT
  • Level: Open to all levels
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: Online
  • Availability: Yes
  • Public Price: $120.00
  • Member Price: $108.00

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What’s Poppin’: Pop Culture in Personal Essays

Athleisure, Ursula from The Little Mermaid, Katniss Everdeen, Prince—nothing's off-limits for essayists. Personal essays often stem from nagging thoughts, feelings, memories, opinions, or questions. Those points of inspiration can often come from the popular culture that we encounter every day. In this course, we’ll discuss how writers combine pop culture, cultural criticism, and personal narrative. As we read example essays and review their techniques, students will engage in writing exercises and work on their own pop culture personal essays.

Kate Carmody

Kate Carmody


Kate Carmody is a recipient of a CINTAS Foundations grant supporting artists born in Cuba or of Cuban descent. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Potomac Review, Essay Daily, No Contact, Los Angeles Review, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, and Lunch Ticket, among others. She received her MFA from Antioch University in Los Angeles. While pursuing her MFA in creative nonfiction, she worked as a blogger, assistant blog editor, and the assistant lead editor for the youth spotlight series at Lunch Ticket. In addition to teaching at Hugo House, she teaches writing through the Loft Literary Center, Austin Bat Cave, and Antioch’s Continuing Education Program. In 2012, she received the Facing History and Ourselves Margot Stern Strom Teaching Award and in 2017, was selected by Facing History and Ourselves to participate in a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant-funded study to assess if peer-led professional development can improve teachers’ instruction of literacy standards. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and dog. The three of them are in a band called Dadafacer.