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Essay is an audacious and willowy form, subjective in its essence, partaking of memory, observation, critical thinking, intuitive leaps, and plain research. This class is designed to deepen our understanding of what a personal essay can do and be. We will consider questions about voice, what it means to use personal material, and how to combine the individual and global point of view. Class will include writing, reading, and discussion.
Sallie Tisdale is the author of several books, including Talk Dirty to Me and Stepping Westward. Her many essays have appeared in Harper’s, Antioch Review, Conjunctions, Threepenny Review, The New Yorker, and Tricycle, among other journals. Violation, a collection of essays, is being published this spring by Hawthorne Books. Tisdale is the 2013 recipient of the Regional Arts and Culture Council Literary Fellowship. She has received a Pushcart Prize, an NEA Fellowship, the James Phelan Literary Award, and was a Dorothy and Arthur Shoenfeldt Distinguished Writer of the Year. Tisdale is a long-time member of PEN and was a judge for the National Book Award in 2010.