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The Art of the Personal Narrative: Where the Personal Meets the Political is a Course

The Art of the Personal Narrative: Where the Personal Meets the Political

Ended Jul 24, 2021
40.0 credits

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Full course description

Instructor: Perrin Kerns

In this weeklong intensive, we will read great essayists—James Baldwin, Ross Gay, Eula Biss, Ocean Vuoug, Claudia Rankine, Virginia Woolf, and many more, and use their work as both guide and prompts to our own writing. This is a generative writing workshop: each morning we will spend time writing together to prompts; after lunch you will work in small peer feedback groups and write on your own; and in the early evening, we will gather to share our day’s gifts of writing. By the end of the week, you should have either a complete draft of a personal essay, a lyric essay (collage, mosaic, braid), or a script for a personal narrative film.

Additional Information:

This online course will be held using Zoom. The instructor will send further instructions for class access and equipment needed closer to the start date. 

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Please keep in mind that while students need to be available during the listed course times, some of that time will be devoted to working on individual projects. Your instructor will communicate with you about the class schedule and the times that the class will convene online as a group as well as the times that will be spent working on your own.

Hours (ET) for the intensive are:

July 19–23 (Monday–Friday): 10 a.m.–8 p.m. 

Daily Schedule:

10 a.m.–1 p.m. (Break 1–2 p.m.)

2–3 p.m. (Break 3–6 p.m.)

6–8 p.m.