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8-Week Mixed Levels Personal Essay Workshop (3/31 - 5/26)

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The Drawing Board

1900 Jay Ell Drive

Richardson, TX 75081

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Once you know some of the basic techniques for writing nonfiction, the next step is to discover a style that’s unique. Roxane Gay is known for her blunt, matter-of-fact tone; Mary Roach for her humorous footnotes and exhaustive research. How will readers one day describe your own unique approach? In this course we will read selections from Brief Encounters, edited by Judith Kitchen and Dinah Lenney, in order to explore the hallmarks of each author’s voice. We will also consult selected essays from the instructional collection Writing Creative Nonfiction, edited by Carolyn Forche and Philip Gerard, which will guide our weekly discussions of the ways in which form, subject matter, tone, and technique all work to shape a writer’s characteristic style.

Each week, we will talk about the assigned readings, participate in writing exercises, and—most importantly—discuss each other’s work. Students will have two opportunities to have their work critiqued (up to 20 pages each time), and they will receive feedback from the instructor as well as their classmates. In addition to providing written feedback, students will also be expected to adhere to respectful and open-minded workshopping standards. This class is open to students with mixed levels of experience; both beginners and experienced writers are welcome to enroll.

NOTE: Students are required to purchase a copy of Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction, edited by Judith Kitchen and Dinah Lenney and Writing Creative Nonfiction: Instruction and Insights from the Teachers of the Associated Writing Programs, edited by Carolyn Forche and Philip Gerard.

  • Class size limited to 8 writers

  • Meets Sundays 6:30PM to 8:30PM / March 31, 2019 to May 26, 2019 (No class on Mother’s Day, May 12th)

  • Class meets at The Drawing Board at 75 & Campbell: 1900 Jay Ell Dr / Richardson, TX / 75081

Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.

Instructor Mag Gabbert holds a PhD in creative writing from Texas Tech University and an MFA in creative writing from UC Riverside. Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, 32 Poems, Stirring, Carve Magazine, Sugar House Review and The Nervous Breakdown, among other places. She currently teaches creative writing for the Graduate Department of Liberal Studies at Southern Methodist University and serves as an editor for Iron Horse Literary Review.

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