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All Levels | Home can be where we learn to first understand our place in the world, and a place we return to again and again for answers about how to be. Looking at several example essays by writers like Elissa Washuta, Amanda Petrusich, Jane Wong, and Jennifer Finney Boylan, we will discuss how choices in form, voice, and content work in a variety of “home” narratives, from the sprawling multi-generational family story to the domestic vignette. We’ll work through a series of prompts to complete a vignette each week that may serve as a collaged story, the beginning of an essay, or sections of a larger work.
Margot Kahn is the author of the biography Horses That Buck, winner of the High Plains Best First Book Award, and co-editor of This Is the Place: Women Writing About Home, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The Rumpus, Lenny Letter, The Los Angeles Review, BUST, and Publishers Weekly, among other places, and her poems have appeared in numerous journals. She earned an MFA from Columbia University and has been supported by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, 4Culture and ArtistTrust. She is currently at work on a new biography and co-editing the forthcoming collection Wanting: Women Writing About Desire.