The Quick and The Deep: Writing Short Personal Essays

The Quick and The Deep: Writing Short Personal Essays

Melissa Febos
Week 5: July 9 to July 14
Time: 9am-12pm
Tuition: $600
Discipline: Non-Fiction/Memoir
Open to All
Registration Open
Registration Open: 5 places available
On-site Housing Full
Workshop Description 

In this generative workshop we will study and practice the art of the miniature personal essay. Works of 500 to 2,000 words are among the easiest to publish and the hardest to write. To reach true emotional depth in few pages requires both skillful economy of language and strength of heart; you have to get to the core of your experience, and swiftly. We will examine the work of the form’s masters (Annie Dillard, Jo Ann Beard, Junot Diaz, and others), sharpen our tools of craft—especially story structure, pacing, and the art of both showing and telling—and produce our own original drafts. Participants will leave the workshop with multiple essays to revise, expand, and submit.

Biography

MELISSA FEBOS is the author of the memoir, Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press), and the essay collection, Abandon Me (Bloomsbury). Her work appears in Tin House, Prairie Schooner, Granta, The Kenyon Review, The New York Times, Glamour, Poets & Writers, and elsewhere. The recipient of fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, VCCA, Vermont Studio Center, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and others, she teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts and Monmouth University and serves on the board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.