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.
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.
How to join a Zoom meeting: https://youtu.be/hIkCmbvAHQQ
Overview of Zoom meeting controls : https://youtu.be/ygZ96J_z4AY
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.
10 a.m.–1 p.m. (Break 1–2 p.m.)
2–3 p.m. (Break 3–6 p.m.)