The Essay Workshop with Peter Bricklebank

Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 01:00 PM until Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 03:00 PM

Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY 10708
United States

Instructor: Peter Bricklebank
Length: 11 sessions, $660
No class November 22nd

The personal essay excels in examining the smallest aspects of life, threading the disparate together; it's a tool for quiet wonderment. It engages with personal style, wit, individualistic rumination, the quirkiness of the writer herself, allowing for anecdote, humor, insight, the ramble of thought that connects each of us to the world. We'll look at the elements of the personal essay—many equally crucial to memoir, and longer form reflective nonfiction. We'll discuss the myriad forms by which to frame our experience, and what the essay (and memoir) can/can't do. We'll try some exercises to generate new material, and the workshop will provide a forum of supportive critique for your ongoing work.

Peter Bricklebank has published fiction in such as The American Voice, Carolina Quarterly, Mid-American Review, Kansas Quarterly, Confrontation, Fiction, and nonfiction in The New York Times Book Review, the American Book Review, The Chicago Tribune. His chapter on writing essay and memoir appears in The Portable MFA (Writers Digest Books), and his latest nonfiction appears in the inaugural issue of Two Bridges Review (  He has received a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in fiction.  He  has taught private writing workshops in NYC and in Oaxaca and Morelia (Mexico) and at New York University and elsewhere, including a year as Nonfiction writer-in-residence at Central Connecticut State University.   He taught fiction and nonfiction at Bar-Ilan University in Israel and taught at the Festival of Writers, Rensselaerville, New York.

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