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All Levels | Floundering in subject matter you love? Stumped as to where it’s going? Relax. According to Brian Dillon, a good essay doesn’t have a template; it’s more adventure than form. Why else would the definition be “to attempt”? Dillon says an essay has the capacity to “instruct, seduce, and mystify in equal measure.” Leaping from stone to stone, you’ll discover how the writing itself guides you into uncharted territory, surprising you as much as the reader. Each participant will leave with a working draft of a new essay.
Christine Hemp has aired her essays and poems on NPR’s Morning Edition. Her awards include a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship for Literature, an Iowa Review Award for Nonfiction, and the Harvard University Extension Award for Teaching Writing. She has been selected for the 2019 and 2020 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau for her talk “From Homer to #hashtags” which explores how language changes—and also changes us.