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Writing in Threes: The Triptych Essay

with Gail Folkins

Genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

Online

Introductory, Intermediate

1 Session

Start Date: May 14, 2023
End Date: May 14, 2023
Day of Week: Sunday
Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
4 seats left!
Member Price: $81.00
General Price: $90.00

The triptych is a set of three associated ideas in a piece of art, music, or literature. Through readings, discussion, and writing practice, writers will explore the triptych or fragmented form as a new way to create meaning. The triptych can help writers generate new ideas, give them practice with an unconventional structure, and even provide scaffolding for a difficult topic. By the end of the session, students will have a triptych essay draft.

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Registration dates:

March 13: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

March 14: Member registration opens

March 21: General registration opens

Gail Folkins

Gail Folkins

She/her

Gail Folkins often writes about her deep roots in the American West. She is the author of two creative nonfiction books from Texas Tech University Press: a Pacific Northwest memoir titled Light in the Trees (2016), and Texas Dance Halls: A Two-Step Circuit (2007), which was a popular culture finalist in ForeWord Review’s 2007 Book of the Year Awards. Folkins’ essay “A Palouse Horse” was a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2010. Her essays and poetry have appeared in publications such as River Teeth JournalBeautiful Things, North Dakota Quarterly, Wisconsin Life, Texas Highways, and Wildflower Magazine. She has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, St. Edward’s University (Austin), and Austin Community College. Teaching philosophy: My goal is to further understanding of craft while also encouraging expression of students’ unique voices. Students have praised my workshop format and student-centered approach. Students learn to not only share a narrative, but to also explore their experiences and discoveries. I encourage students to read as writers, meaning focusing on elements of craft in addition to literary themes. Writers I return to: Edward Abbey, Julia Alvarez, Margaret Atwood, Kim Barnes, Rick Bass, Dennis Covington, Louise Erdrich, Ernest Hemingway, Pico Iyer, and Jhumpa Lahiri. Favorite writing advice: Find the extraordinary in the everyday.

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