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Weaving with Words: Introduction to the Braided Essay

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Weaving with Words: Introduction to the Braided Essay
Erica Berry
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10:00am - 4:00pm
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Workshop Overview

How can stories from history or the natural world complement the telling of our own personal narratives? In this two-part workshop, we will explore the concept of the \"braided essay\", as students learn how to weave different threads of research, memory and observation into a cohesive and lyrical essay. After exploring the genre through short in-class readings and generative exercises, students will develop strands of their own essays with the help of research techniques and prompts. Everyone will leave with a finished draft of a braided essay as well as a web of ideas for future projects.

About the Instructor(s)

Raised in Oregon, essayist Erica Berry taught creative writing at the University of Minnesota and now leads an annual writing workshop in Sicily. The Pushcart-Prize nominated winner of the 2018 Steinberg Essay Prize, she is the recipient of fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and her work appears in the New York Times Magazine, Colorado Review, Fourth Genre, The Atlantic and others. She loves teaching students of all experience levels- only curiosity is required.

Materials List: Students Bring


• Notebook and writing utensil


• Computer or tablet

Materials List Provided by Instructor(s)


• Materials for generative writing prompts

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