Description of Class
Whether we are wronged by an individual or a community, by accident or on purpose – or if we are the wrong doers – writing about wrongs can be compelling reading.
In this four-week workshop, we will read and discuss published essays, opinion pieces, sections of memoirs and short fiction that address being or doing wrong. You’ll have a chance to get started on a piece of your own and have a chance for feedback. Short readings will be required each week and sessions will include some workshop time depending on class size and desire.
Week 1: “I’m sorry.” In our first session, we will look at confessional essays and talk about the eight elements that make pieces pop. We’ll allow time for an in-class writing prompt that will get you started on a piece of your own. You’ll leave class with a short reading assignment and the chance to schedule a feedback week for your work-in-progress.
Week 2: “You should feel sorry.” We will discuss sections of memoirs that hold people or communities responsible for a wrong and provide feedback for scheduled works-in-progress.
Week 3: “I’m sorry, not sorry.” This week, we’ll talk about essays and short fiction that straddle the line between confession and forgiveness and continue with feedback for scheduled works-in-progress.
Week 4: “I forgive you/me/us.” In this final session, we’ll read opinion pieces and essays that explore forgiveness, fault and understanding and continue with feedback for pieces under construction. You will leave the workshop with concrete ideas for next steps for your piece.Top