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The Art of Confession

All Levels | As a literary term first used to describe the intimate works of poets, confessional has since been used to diminish works with autobiographical elements. This seminar won’t argue with that shallow application of the word. Instead, we will investigate the radical power and possibilities of personal writing: the aesthetic process of transforming experience into meaning via art, its analogous relationships between spiritual rituals of confession and trauma recovery, and its potential to transform the self and society.

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.

If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.

If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.

If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.

Instructor: Melissa Febos

Class Type: 1 Session

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Term: Winter 2022

Start Date: 03/12/2022

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 25

Maximum Class Size: 500

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Melissa Febos

Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press 2010) and the essay collection Abandon Me (Bloomsbury 2017). Her work has been widely anthologized and appears in publications including Tin House, Granta, The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, The New York Times, The Guardian, Bitch Magazine, Poets & Writers, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She has been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air, CNN, Anderson Cooper Live, and elsewhere. The recipient of an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, she is currently Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Monmouth University.

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