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Think pieces and “take” articles have proliferated in the Internet’s culture of daily content. This can be a lucrative market for quick, incisive writers. But how do you trust that you have something to say? How do you think beyond the think piece and write an essay that is artful, not merely topical? This class will help you to mine your obsessions and guilty pleasures and to articulate original cultural connections to create developed and intelligent essays.
Alice Bolin's essays are featured regularly in publications including Salon, The New Yorker's Page-Turner Blog, The Paris Review Daily, The Awl, The Toast, and The LA Review of Books. She is the Poet-in-Residence at Idyllwild Arts Academy in Idyllwild, California.