Writing the Experimental Essay 4-Week Zoom Workshop, Starts February 1st, 2023
Begins Wednesday, February 1st, 2023
Class will meet weekly via Zoom on Wednesday from 5:30PM CST - 7:00PM CST
Scheduling Note: this class will skip the week of February 15th.
Open to All writers!
Any questions about this class? Use the Chat Button (lower left) to talk with us.
Taught by Kristine Langley Mahler, the author of Curing Season: Artifacts (WVU Press, 2022) and A Calendar is a Snakeskin (Autofocus, 2023). Her work has been supported by the Nebraska Arts Council, named Notable in Best American Essays 2019 and 2021, and published in DIAGRAM, Ninth Letter, Brevity, and Speculative Nonfiction, among others. A memoirist experimenting with the truth on the suburban prairie outside Omaha, Nebraska, Kristine is also the director of Split/Lip Press.
The essay is arguably the most elastic form of literature, at times allowing journalism, personal recollection, biography, and current events to coexist in a single space.
But the essay needs containers to hold its matter which are as bendable and movable as its wide-ranging subjects. We will explore four modes of experimenting with essay structure: The Speculative Essay (the real + the unreal), The Erasure Essay (creating yours from theirs), The Visual Essay (image + text), and The Constraint Essay (form-dependent/hermit crab).
Through discussion, readings, and take-home exercises in these 1.5-hour classes, writers will stretch their own limits and explore new frontiers in nonfiction, finding that the methods to examine truth and facts are endless.
- Learn four forms of the experimental essay (speculative, erasure, visual, and constraint).
- Read and discuss examples of each form to understand how they work.
- Receive prompts designed for students to continue their own experimentation with essay forms
"Kristine's enthusiasm for experimental forms is infectious. Full of resources, examples and prompts, I left this class with the start of several new essays!" -Kelsey
"Kristine's class completely reshaped the way I think about form; whether you're a seasoned essayist or just beginning your journey, don't miss this one!" -Abigail
ONLINE COURSE STRUCTURE:
For this class we will have live weekly meetings via Zoom on Wednesdays from 5:30PM CST - 7:00PM CST. This class will skip the week of February 15th.
Class starts February 1st, 2023
All classes will meet online via Zoom on Wednesdays from 5:30PM CST - 7:00PM CST.
- Scheduling Note: this class will skip the week of February 15th.
If you have questions, please us the Chat Button or contact us via email HERE.