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In short, the essay––like love, like life––is indefinable, but you know an essay when you see it. And you know a great one when you feel it, because it’s concentrated life, whole and in bits.” Hilton Als
Hello there! This quote from Hilton Als is indicative to me of what I hope we get to do in this class together. Write concentrated life, if we can. Part of becoming a writer is realizing that the stranger sitting across the way from you in the coffeeshop is a whole person into themselves. I believe writing is thinking your way into this person’s life, thinking your way into your own life, into the lives of your family members and friends. In this class, we’re going to be thinking our way through the true stories that surround us. The stories your parents always say over the Thanksgiving dinner table that always stretch the realm of truth, the myths passed down of your ancestors, the stories we create whenever we read the lyrics of popular songs, the shared, fabricated stories that nevertheless are true that we all believe as a people. “We tell ourselves stories in order to live,” Joan Didion famously said, and through this class, we will tell our true stories, we will examine what it means to write stories from your own life and for others’ lives. We will do this through examining short stories, essays, songs, poetry. Each of these things will examine a world that we’re supposed to interpret as real as this one, using stories that may have really happened to you, your family, your friends. We will not make people disclose their personal secrets. Rather, this is a class in seeing your known world through a sharper prism, the things you see every day being examined as if through a new light and a class in learning to see this new world of Iowa through that new lens as well.
is a writer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop where she has been working on a novel about young classical musicians in Pittsburgh. She loves her really exhausting and complex coffee making routine and taking pictures of the same sunset every day.
REGISTRATION & FEES
The fee for this course, which includes the fee for the 2-week session of the Summer Residential Program, is $2,500. Payment in full is required to enroll in the course.
Note: Your credit card payment will be processed by an external provider and will appear on your credit card statement as “UI Writing—Magid Center."
Cancellation Policy: If you cancel or withdraw before June 1, 2022 a $100 cancellation fee will be deducted from your refund. Thereafter no refunds are available.
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