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Theme and Variation: Repeating Forms in Nonfiction

All Levels | How might deliberate formal repetitions shape a book and its inquiries? In this reading-centered class, we’ll explore Eula Biss’s Having and Being Had, Brian Blanchfield’s Proxies, Ross Gay’s The Book of Delights, and Paisley Rekdal’s Appropriate, each of which uses a particular constraint or structure to generate a series of essays. We’ll pay close attention to the ways that form both arises from and influences content, how patterning relates to experimentation, and how these authors might influence our own writing.

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Instructor: Liza Birnbaum

Class Type: 10 Sessions

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Term: Winter 2022

Start Date: 01/18/2022

No Class On: 2/22/2022

End Date: 03/29/2022

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Liza Birnbaum

Liza Birnbaum's fiction and essays have appeared in Web Conjunctions, jubilat, Open Letters Monthly, and other publications. She is a founding editor of Big Big Wednesday, an annual print journal of literature and visual art, and has taught creative writing in a number of settings, most recently at an alternative school for young women who are pregnant or parenting. In 2019, she will be a funded resident at the Lillian E. Smith Center at Piedmont College. She holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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