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Art of the Personal Essay

Course No. WRHC 373  Credits: 3.0

In this workshop course we will work on developing an understanding of the personal essay as a distinct yet flexible nonfictional genre, one possessing its own characteristics and contours that distinguish it from other literary forms. You will also work in this course on the craft of writing and revising your own personal essays. To these ends, we will be reading a number of works that demonstrate the essay’s protean adaptability. Texts will be drawn from Phillip Lopate’s anthology The Art of the Personal Essay, as well as from other sources, including selected blogs, nonfictional texts by visual artists, as well as the online compilation Quotidiana. Prerequisite: WR 203. 3 credits.

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Jessica Richardson

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Richardson is author of the short story collection, It Had Been Planned and There Were Guides, which won the F...more

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