One of the greatest pieces of advice I received from a mentor once was: “You don’t have to give up being a poet to write prose.” In this generative writing workshop, we will explore the lyric and braided essay form and how poetry and poetic elements can be integrated into the narrative of a piece in creative and interesting ways. We will look at examples of essays that incorporate poetic strategies such as repetition, alliteration, imagery and even rhyme, and we will use prompts to create our own lyric or braided essays.
Each of us has a literary DNA, the writing voice which is distinctly our own. The personal essay may be the best form to discover that voice. This workshop is designed for those who don’t think of themselves as writers and who know that they are. Readings and writing exercises will help them find those voices which we all need to hear.