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In Advance of the Broken Essay: Formal Explorations in Nonfiction

Theses? Paragraphs? Conclusions? In this generative workshop we will question, explore, and attempt nonfiction writing beyond the traceable contours of narrative, rhetoric, and argument. Favoring possibilities of the fragmentary, the multimodal, and the synesthetic, we will survey contemporary examples of hybrid and chaotic approaches to the form and attempt experiments of our own. We will adopt alternative compositional strategies for essay-making that may help to invigorate an existing project or embark on an exciting new one, while broadening the notion of what an essay is and what is an essay.

Instructor: Zach Peckham is a writer and musician from Massachusetts who quit his marketing job to study poetry in Ohio. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in jubilat, The Lowell Son, Happiness Pony, @tuffpoems, Poetry Northwest, and on the Academy of American Poets website. He is a candidate in the NEOMFA where he works at the Cleveland State University Poetry Center.

Details: In Advance of the Broken Essay: Formal Explorations in Nonfiction takes place Thursdays May 6, 13, 20 & 27 from 6:00-8:00pm remotely through Zoom.

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