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Introduction to the Lyric Essay

Introductory. The lyric essay exists in an undefined space between poetry and non-fiction. By breaking the rules of genre and experimenting with hybrid forms, students in this class can expect to breathe new life into stagnant essays, develop poetic lines into thoughtful arguments, and take their nonfiction to new, creative places. In addition to writing prompts and workshops, we’ll be exploring the genre through excerpts and essays from John D’Agata, Eula Biss, Sarah Manguso, and Claudia Rankine, among others.

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

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Instructor: Jodie Vinson

Class Type: 6 Sessions

Start Date: 10/02/2017

End Date: 11/06/2017

Days of the Week: Monday

Time: 7:10 pm – 9:10 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Jodie Vinson

Jodie Noel Vinson received her MFA in non-fiction creative writing from Emerson College, where she wrote a book on literary travel. Her essays and reviews have been published in Ploughshares, Creative Non-Fiction, The Gettysburg Review, The Massachusetts Review, Nowhere Magazine, The Rumpus, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, among other places. Her work has been anthologized in Around the World: An Anthology of Travel Writing and selected as “Notable Essay” in The Best American Essays (2015 and 2016). Jodie lives with her husband in Seattle, where she is working on a book about insomnia.

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