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Writing the Lyric Essay: 8-Week Online Workshop, Starts January 5th, 2022
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Writing the Lyric Essay: 8-Week Online Workshop, Starts January 5th, 2022

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Begins Wednesday, January 5th, 2022

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Class will use our online class platform, Wet Ink, and also meet via Zoom twice (Week 1 & Week 8) on Wednesday from 11AM - 12PM CST

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Taught by Jill Talbot, author of The Way We Weren’t: A Memoir and Loaded: Women and Addiction. Jill wrote “The Last Year,” a year-long column that appeared online in The Paris Review. Her work has been recognized four times in The Best American Essays.

While most essays published over the last few years reflect some form of segmentation, a burgeoning trend is the splintering of segments into fragments, even lines, creating works that rely on juxtaposition, braiding, negative space, and the leaps of a writer’s (and reader’s) mind.

When we write, the more concise the segment, the more attention we must give to the language.

As Deborah Tall and John D’Agata note, “We turn to the lyric essay—with its malleability, ingenuity, immediacy, complexity, and use of poetic language—to give us a fresh way to make music of the world.”

Noted lyric essayist, Lia Purpura, in her Seneca Review essay, “What is a Lyric Essay?” makes a plea for allowing the lyric essay to remain as mysterious as possible—an idea you’ll explore in this course, the mystery of the lyric, the way it leads to what Purpura calls “the most unlikely moves.”

In lieu of traditional workshops, Jill conducts weekly brief experiments (300-750 words) with students in rotating small groups exchanging drafts and giving feedback (with weekly feedback from Jill as well), along with a final essay that Jill offers feedback on. Students will come away with 7 completed shorter pieces and one longer one. 

Note: Readings include Colson Whitehead, The Colossus of New York, Lily Hoang, A Bestiary, Sarah Manguso, The Two Kinds of Decay, and Nuar Alsadir, Fourth Person Singular, along with supplemental essays.

  • Experimentation with form
  • Associative writing
  • Attention to syntax
  • 7 completed shorter pieces of writing and 1 longer one


  • You're finding the constraints of your current writing practice too limiting.
  • You want exposure to a range of new approaches to bring to your writing practice.
  • You want an expanded sense of what is possible in your work.
  • "Jill has a specific way of teaching a workshop that I find more conducive to learning new ways of thinking about the essay than any other workshop I've been in. I'm always blown away by how much my essaying improves at the end of a class from her."
  • "Jill has done more to expand my understanding of the essay than any I have encountered."
  • "Jill seems to always know just what to say to improve my work and it's always fantastic advice."


This class is entirely asynchronous which means you complete the weekly assignments on your own schedule. There are no set meeting times in order to allow for greater participation; your cohort will consist of writers from across different time zones, which allows for a wonderful diversity of voices.

Along with your weekly deadlines there is plenty of interaction with Jill and your peers within Wet Ink, our dedicated online classroom. Craft materials, lectures, reading assignments, and writing prompts are all available through the online classroom. Students also post work and provide and receive feedback within the online classroom environment.

You can get the work done as you see fit week-to-week, so it is perfect for any schedule. There are discussion questions each week inspired by the assigned readings and topics in the lecture notes. Students are encouraged to take these wherever is most compelling and/or useful for them. Jill engages with these discussions throughout the week and you will receive feedback from all assigned writing activities.


Wet Ink was built and designed specifically for online writing classes. Wet Ink is private, easy to use, and very interactive. You can learn more about the Wet Ink platform by Watching a Class Demo.

You can pay for the course in full or use Shop Pay or Affirm to pay over time with equal Monthly Payments. Both options are available at checkout.
  • Instructor: Jill Talbot

  • Class will have at least 8 writers

  • Class starts January 5th, 2022

  • Course is fully ONLINE; students can work according to their own schedule within weekly deadlines. Once you have enrolled the instructor will send you a link to our online classroom, provided via Wet Ink.

  • This class will also meet via Zoom twice (during Week 1 & Week 8) on Wednesday from 11AM - 12PM CST

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

Instructor Jill Talbot is the author of The Way We Weren’t: A Memoir and Loaded: Women and Addiction, the co-editor of The Art of Friction: Where (Non)Fictions Come Together, and the editor of Metawritings: Toward a Theory of Nonfiction. Her writing has appeared in journals such as AGNI, Brevity, Colorado Review, Diagram, Hotel Amerika, The Normal School, and The Paris Review Daily and has been recognized four times in The Best American Essays. She is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of North Texas.

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