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A black and white photo of a journal laying open on the shore of a pond. The Lyric Essay is a Course

The Lyric Essay

Ended Mar 8, 2021
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This weekend class will meet ONLINE on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am - 4 pm eastern time.

The lyric essay is a form which allows many small fragments to be drawn together to create a whole. A lyric essay might hold memories, research, a bit of poetry; it celebrates mixing genres. In this workshop, we will write a series of fragments, and then stitch them together into short essays. Call it a collage, a mosaic or a quilt; you will leave the workshop with a sense of how small pieces of writing can grow into essays. This class is a two-day generative writing workshop, where we will write together to prompts. The goal is for each student to have a draft of a rough lyric essay by the end of the workshop.

A photo of Perrin KernsPerrin Kerns has been teaching creative writing for over thirty years. She currently teaches literature, creative writing, and digital storytelling at Prescott College, Portland State University, Clark College, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Fishtrap Writers Conference, and Literary Arts. Her own creative work has taken her from lyric essay to digital storytelling to personal narrative documentaries based on her lyric essays. Perrin won the Director’s Choice award for her documentary Between Sasquatch and Superman: Living with Down’s Syndrome from the San Francisco Shorts festival and Best Short Animation from the Oregon Independent Film Festival for her film about her miscarriage.