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Curious Essays with Laura Marris

Curious Essays with Laura Marris (Hybrid)

In this two-part writing workshop, we will explore the unfolding beauty of the essay form and the ways it can capture your curiosity on the page. Our first session will be focused on how essays begin, inviting us to question, develop associations, and listen to the self. The second session will build on those beginnings to deepen our opinions and complicate first impressions, moving towards surprise, or even epiphany. Along the way, we’ll use writing exercises to try out various craft techniques for creative essays–whether they’re lyrical, critical, personal, or all of the above. We’ll look at transitions, pacing, humor, and the endlessly inventive unit of the paragraph. Each participant will leave the workshop with the arc of a brand new essay-to-be.

Workshop Dates

Join writer and translator Laura Marris for this 2-day workshop:

  • Saturday, February 5, 2022 @ 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 12, 2022 @ 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

This workshop is limited to 12 in-person participants with the option to join virtually.

  • COVID SAFETY: We’ll be following social distancing protocol and providing masks and sanitizer as needed.
  • ACCESSIBILITY NOTE: If you have any questions/issues accessing any of these opportunities, please let us know and we will work with you to make sure you can participate.
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Book Event

By booking this event you can attend all occurrences. Some of them are listed below but there might be more.

Saturday, February 5, 2022
Saturday, February 12, 2022

In-Person Workshop Registration $60.00 each (limit 2 per user)
Available Tickets: 6
The In-Person Workshop Registration ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.
Virtual Workshop Registration $60.00 each
Available Tickets: 10
The Virtual Workshop Registration ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.


Saturday, February 5, 2022


Zoom links will be provided to virtual participants.
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Just Buffalo Writing Center


Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203
Just Buffalo Literary Center


Just Buffalo Literary Center
(716) 832-5400

Featured Artist

  • Laura Marris
    Laura Marris
    Writer & Translator

    Laura Marris is an essayist, poet, and translator. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Believer, The Yale Review, The Point, and elsewhere. Her work has been supported by a MacDowell Colony Fellowship and a Daniel Varoujan Award. Recent translations include Albert Camus’s The Plague, Jean-Yves Frétigné’s To Live Is to Resist: A Life of Antonio Gramsci, and Geraldine Schwarz’s Those Who Forget. Books she has translated have been shortlisted for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize, the Scott Moncrieff Prize, and the French-American Foundation Translation Prize. With Alice Kaplan, she is the co-author of States of Plague: Reading Albert Camus in a Pandemic (University of Chicago Press, 2022). She is currently at work on her first solo-authored book, The Age of Loneliness, which will be published by Graywolf in 2024.

    (Photo credit: Matt Kenyon)

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