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Exploring the Braided Essay

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September 8, 2022
September 9, 2022
10:00 - 4:00

Workshop Overview

How can narratives about history or the natural world complement the telling of our own personal life stories? In this workshop we will explore the form of the "braided essay" learning to weave different threads of research, memory and hands-on outdoor observation into a cohesive and lyrical narrative. We will overview this experimental genre and read a spectrum of published work while experimenting with collaborative and generative writing exercises that can help kindle associative-based thinking and jumpstart the creative process at your own desk. Participants will leave with new craft techniques and the starts of essays.

About the Instructor(s)

Raised in Oregon, Erica Berry was the 2019-2020 Writer-in-Residence at the National Writers Series in Traverse City, MI. She has recently taught at Literary Arts, the University of Minnesota, and the New York Times Student Journeys. Her essays appear in The Guardian, The New York Times Magazine and The Atlantic, among others, and her nonfiction debut Cry Wolf is forthcoming from Macmillan in 2023. She loves teaching at Sitka and working with students of all experience levels; only curiosity is required.

Materials List: Students Bring

• Writing utensil and paper, or other writing device

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

• Printed out packets of readings; scissors and glue for "cutting up" our essays and reassembling them for revision experiment

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