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Explore a variety of nonfiction formats with the ultimate goal of generating five very distinct essays in a six-week period. You will adopt more traditional forms, such as personal essays and profiles, but you will also begin to flirt with more experimentally-structured work, such as hermit crab essays and micro-essays. This will be an intense writing (and reading) experience. Every student will have an opportunity to workshop one full-length essay in class. At the end of the six weeks, you will also choose one essay for the instructor to review with detailed editorial feedback.
This class will meet online on Mondays from 6:30-8:30pm using Zoom video conferencing. On the first day of class, we will give you a tutorial on how to use it. Once you sign on using the instructions we will provide, you will be able to see and talk with your instructor and your fellow participants—just like you would in one of our meeting rooms. All you need is a good internet connection and a computer or smartphone with a webcam. Not sure if your system is compatible? Just click here. Have any questions about online classes? Email or call associate director Matt Weinkam at email@example.com.
Eliese Colette Goldbach received an MFA in nonfiction from the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program. Her writing has appeared in Ploughshares, Western Humanities Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Best American Essays 2017. Her first memoir, Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit, was published in March 2020 by Flatiron Books.