Wednesday, September 29, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Eastern
In this webinar, we’ll discuss the essay’s potential to illuminate the ordinary in everyday life. Drawing on classic essays that reflect on mundane pleasures and pains—the joys of driving, the virtues of boredom—we’ll explore how everyday actions we often take for granted can become the sites of rich and enlightening ruminations. The art of such essays involves uncovering larger truths in the minutiae of daily life, causing the reader to see these experiences in a new light. In addition to providing tips for brainstorming subject matter, we’ll examine specific craft strategies, including how to convey an intimate tone, how to establish a connection with the reader, how to deploy the well-crafted anecdote, and how to create the illusion of “thinking aloud on the page.” The webinar will focus on practical and applicable craft techniques, giving participants the tools to begin thinking more expansively about how their experience can be mined for essayistic material.
In this webinar, you will:
There will be time for a Q&A at the end of the presentation.
This webinar is ideal for writers who are looking for ways to write about their lives without relying on extraordinary experiences.
All registrants receive a recording.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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I enjoyed reading other peoples work and getting feedback about my own work– the handouts/video links and class lessons were also very informative and relevantly paced to the give structural guidelines.Catherine O’Neill
I enjoyed reading other peoples work and getting feedback about my own work– the handouts/video links and class lessons were also very informative and relevantly paced to the give structural guidelines.
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