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Epistolary Prose

All Levels | Even in our age of digital communication, the letter holds enormous power for both writer and reader. We will look at prose aimed at a wider audience but crafted as a letter (work by Chris Kraus, Marilynne Robinson, James Baldwin, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and others) and consider the possibilities opened up by this kind of direct address and structure. We’ll also read some actual writerly correspondence, from Emily Dickinson and Kafka to email exchanges. As we investigate these texts, we’ll be writing our own epistolary stories or essays and serving as one another’s reader-recipients through workshop.

Instructor: Liza Birnbaum

Class Type: 6 Sessions

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Term: Winter 2019

Start Date: 02/21/2019

End Date: 03/28/2019

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 7:10 pm – 9:10 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Liza Birnbaum

Liza Birnbaum's fiction and essays have appeared in Web Conjunctions, jubilat, Open Letters Monthly, and other publications. She is a founding editor of Big Big Wednesday, an annual print journal of literature and visual art, and has taught creative writing in a number of settings, most recently at an alternative school for young women who are pregnant or parenting. In 2019, she will be a funded resident at the Lillian E. Smith Center at Piedmont College. She holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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