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This class is for those looking to build upon craft learned in Creative Nonfiction I or those already familiar with the basics of the genre including points of view, scene, reflection, and form. Each week we will delve deeper into the process of generating our own vital material from in-class prompts, with the option to share aloud.
We will also read and discuss a diverse range of voices and structures found in essays and memoir excerpts by authors such as Patrica Hampl, Lidia Yuknavitch, Maxine Hong Kingston, Kiese Laymon, Joann Beard, Claire Dederer, and Ocean Vuong. In the final weeks, students may receive feedback from the instructor on a piece and have the option to workshop their piece with the whole class in a respectful, inclusive environment.
Week by Week Topics and Readings
1. Exploration, Vulnerability, and Breaking Silence
Introductions to each other; free-writing and generating approaches; lists | Readings: Rebecca Solnit, Patricia Hampl on memoir, Lidia Yuknavitch
2. Truth, Memoir, and Metaphor
Why write memoir; voice; metaphor, themes, and images | Readings: Maxine Hong Kingston; Steven Harvey and Ana Maria Spagna on the essay
3. Finding Your Form and Voice in CNF
Diversity of CNF; breaking rules; hybrid pieces/books | Readings: Kiese Laymon, Dena Landon
4. The Classic Short Personal Essay
Scene and reflection; past vs. present tense; coming of age/out of innocence/reckoning | Readings: Joann Beard; Brenda Miller
5. The Long Braided or Segmented Essay
Exploring fragments and threads; looking inward and outward | Readings: Claire Dederer; Ocean Vuong; Sandra Cisneros OR Student Papers
6. Exploring Second Person
Writing to yourself and to others | Readings: Student Papers
7. Hermit Crab Essays and Writing Workshop
Readings: Student Papers
8. Writing Workshop and Final Reflections
Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.
If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.
If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.
If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.
Class Type: 8 SessionsNonfiction
Start Date: 02/04/2018
End Date: 03/25/2018
Days of the Week: Sunday
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm PST
Minimum Class Size: 5
Maximum Class Size: 15
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Anne Liu Kellor is a mixed-race Chinese American writer, editor, coach, and teacher based in Seattle. Her essays have appeared in YES! Magazine, Longreads, The Seventh Wave, Witness, New England Review, Fourth Genre, Entropy, The Normal School, Los Angeles Review, Literary Mama, and many more. Anne is the recipient of fellowships from Hedgebrook, The Seventh Wave, Jack Straw Writers Program, 4Culture, and Hypatia-in-the-Woods. She loves to support writers in finding their voice and community. Her memoir, Heart Radical: A Search for Language, Love, and Belonging was released in 2021 and praised by Cheryl Strayed as “insightful, riveting, and beautifully written.” Learn more at www.anneliukellor.com