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The Lyric Essay: the Art of the Collage

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The Lyric Essay: the Art of the Collage
Perrin Kerns
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10:00am - 4:00pm
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Workshop Overview

The lyric essay is a form which allows many small fragments to be drawn together to create a whole. A lyric essay might hold memories, research, a bit of poetry; it celebrates mixing genres. In this workshop, we will write a series of fragments, and then stitch them together into short essays. Call it a collage, a mosaic or a quilt; you will leave the workshop with a sense of how small pieces of writing can grow into essays.

About the Instructor(s)

Perrin Kerns served as the Director of Writing at Marylhurst University where she taught English literature and creative nonfiction. Her own writing of lyric essays led her to making personal narrative documentaries based on the lyric form. Her films have appeared in film festivals around the US and in Ireland. She won the Director’s Choice award in 2011 from the San Francisco Shorts festival for her film about her nephew, Between Sasquatch and Superman: Living with Down Syndrome. She holds a Ph.D in feminist theory and modernist literature. She lives in Portland with her husband, Kim Stafford.

Materials List: Students Bring


• Paper and pen

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

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