Writing Center Workshop Timelines: 3b: Past Workshops (Unseen Archive), 4: Robin Lee Jordan Workshops & Events

When Essays Misbehave

Taught by: Robin Jordan, Writing Center Coordinator
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Dates: March 7, 2017
Time: 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

In this workshop, we’ll let our essays misbehave by exploring the lyric essay form. As John D’Agata describes, “The lyric essay asks what happens when an essay begins to behave less like an essay and more like a poem. What happens when an essayist starts imagining things, making things up, filling in blank spaces, or leaving the blanks blank? What happens when statistics, reportage, and observation in an essay are abandoned for image, emotion, expressive transformation?” Participants will be encouraged to write a lyric essay inspired by the Thoreau Institute’s Live Deliberately Essay Contest.

This workshop is FREE, aimed at young students aged 12–18, and limited to 12 participants.