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Finding your real subject is just the beginning of the memoirist’s/essayist’s process. Much of the rest is about point of view, proportion, time frame, and the blending of narrative and more reflective elements. The first sentence encodes the DNA of the whole and is not arrived at through reasoned deliberation. So how do we think our way into an essay? Bring the opening page of something that you have been working on.
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.
Sven Birkerts is the author of nine books, most recently The Other Walk: Essays (Graywolf, 2011). His provocative book The Gutenberg Elegies examined the cultural and personal effects of the Internet on reading. He is director of the Bennington Writing Seminars and edits the journal AGNI at Boston University.