In about three weeks, the RWC will hold its first weekend-long intensive, this time highlighting three of the most innovative forms of creative nonfiction. RWC instructors Jessica Hendry Nelson and Jericho Parms will each offer daylong explorations in their genre of expertise. The event kicks off on Saturday, March 15th with Nelson's take on the braided & lyric essay forms, followed on Sunday with Parms and the flash essay. Don't miss this opportunity to add intensive study of these dynamic forms to your resume, and apply the concrete skills and craft techniques to work. Sign up for one day or both! Learn more about the instructors and what they have in store for you below and then sign up here.
Schedule of Events:
Saturday, March 15th, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The Braided and Lyric Essay
10 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.. : Introductions
10:15 – 10:45 a.m.: Discussion on the defining features of the two forms
10:45 – 11:30 a.m.: Readings (by Maggie Nelson, Abigail Thomas, Tony Whedon, Sarah Manguso, Mark Doty, Kyle Minor, Jill Talbot)
11:30 – 12:30 p.m.: Discussion of texts – focus on examples of successful technique
12:30-1:30 p.m.: Lunch – participants take a leisurely lunch. Participants are welcome to bring a lunch from home (which can be refrigerated in the RWC kitchen) or dine at a number of restaurants and delis within walking distance.
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.: Writing exercise – participants try their hand at either a braided or lyric essay of their own.
2:30 – 4 p.m.: Workshop – students read and critique one another's work, providing advice for development and revision
Sunday, March 16th, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
10:00-10:15: Welcome / Introductions
10:15-11:30: The Brief Personal Essay – A discussion of origins and contemporary practice including reading and discussion of sample texts
11:30-12:00: Keeping it short: Exploring the singular moment – Participants will experiment with various approaches to writing flash nonfiction through a series of brief writing prompts on image and detail, beginnings and endings, and alternative structures.
1:30-2:30: Writing Session – Participants take individual writing time to develop a flash nonfiction essay from one of the writing exercises or starting from scratch.
2:30-3:30: Workshop – Participants read and critique each other’s work, offering thoughts for revision.
3:30-4:00: Next Steps – Review of best practices and editing techniques, venues for publication, recommended further reading and writing exercises.
Jessica Hendry Nelson is the author of the memoir in essays, If Only You People Could Follow Directions (Counterpoint Press), which was selected as a best debut book by the Indies Introduce New Voices program and the January 2014 Indies Next List by the American Booksellers' Association. She lives in Burlington, Vermont, where she co-owns the Renegade Writers' Collective and is the Managing & Nonfiction Editor of Green Mountains Review.
Jericho Parms is an essayist, whose work has appeared in Hotel Amerika, American Literary Review, Bellingham Review, South Loop Review and other journals. She is a recent recipient of a fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center and a Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant. Originally from New York, she now lives in Montpelier, where she is the Assistant Director of the MFA in Writing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and a nonfiction editor at Hunger Mountain.
Some flash, braided, and/or lyric essay examples you might enjoy: