Mind Music: Writing the Lyric Essay

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Eastern

Wander around the big tent of creative nonfiction long enough, and you’ll come across an unusual specimen: the lyric essay, a hybrid form that blends the musical and imagistic impulses of poetry with the wide-ranging subject matter and sentence-based rhythms of prose.

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This essay form is particularly well-matched for our distracted, information-soaked age. Lyric essays tend to move through their material more associatively than the traditional narrative, providing a method of weaving a whole fabric of meaning from the disparate threads of memories, facts, ideas, obsessions, and images that can so easily tangle up our minds.

This webinar will introduce you to the lyric essay as a playful, accessible, and meaningful form, and inspire you to try your hand at writing your own.

In this webinar, you will:

  • LEARN a condensed history of the lyric essay as a form that blends the musical and imagistic impulses of poetry with the wide-ranging subject matter and sentence-based rhythms of prose
  • FEEL inspired by studying models from a few contemporary lyric essayists
  • OBSERVE how these essayists use techniques like juxtaposition, fragmentation, braiding, and silences on the page
  • WALK away with ideas for how to start your own lyric essay

There will be time for a Q&A at the end of the presentation.

This webinar is ideal for anyone curious about both poetry and prose, as well as hybrid forms, willing to think beyond the traditional story structure, and eager to try new things.

All registrants receive a recording.

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Education FAQs

  • Will there be closed-captioning or a transcript of the webinar?

    We will provide closed-captioning upon request. Please contact us at least a week prior to the webinar to allow time for scheduling with a captioner.

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  • What video conferencing program does CNF use for their webinars?

    We use GoTo Meeting. After you register for the webinar, you will receive an email with a link to the class.

  • Is there a preferred browser for viewing the webinar?

    Yes: Chrome tends to work best with the GoTo Webinar software.

  • I’d like to attend a webinar but have a conflict. Will the program be offered at another time?

    Our webinars are usually presented on Wednesday at 2:00 pm Eastern time. We rarely repeat webinars, but we do send out a recording of the program to everyone who registers, and you may watch the program at your conviencence.