Writing the Personal Political Essay with Erin Aubry Kaplan

    Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 6:30 PM until Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 8:30 PMEastern Daylight Time

    Instructor: Erin Aubry Kaplan
    2 hour session on Thursdays
    Five VIRTUAL workshop dates as follows:
    October 8 to November 5
    Workshop is limited to 15 registrants

    Essay workshop that includes lecture and some (brief) weekly assigned readings. Format will chiefly be roundtable workshopping of essays in various stages of development, with the goal of completing one to three essays, depending on the length and complexity of each.

    Erin Aubry Kaplan is a Los Angeles journalist and columnist born in 1962[1] who has written about African-American political, economic and cultural issues since 1992.[2][3] She is a contributing writer to the op-ed section of the Los Angeles Times,[4][5] and from 2005 to 2007 was a weekly op-ed columnist – the first black weekly op-ed columnist in the paper’s recent history.[6] She has been a staff writer and columnist for the LA Weekly[7] and a regular contributor for many publications, including Salon.com,[8] Essence,[9][10][11] and Ms.[12][13][14][15] Kaplan is also a regular columnist for make/shift, a quarterly, cutting-edge feminist magazine that launched in 2007[16] and a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times[17].

    Kaplan’s essays have been anthologized is several books, including (as Erin Aubry) "Mothers Who Think: Tales of Real-Life Parenthood" (Villard, Washington Square Press),[18] "Step Into A World" (Wiley & Sons)[19] and "Rise Up Singing: Black Women Writers on Motherhood" (Doubleday).[20] The last book’s contributors include Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn Brooks and Alice Walker, and won an American Book Award in 2005.[21] She won the PEN USA 2001 award for journalism.[22]

    Kaplan has published two books. Her first book was a collection of essays and reportage titled Black Talk, Blue Thoughts and Walking the Color Line: Dispaches From a Black Journalista, and was published in 2011.[23][24] Her second, I Heart Obama, an extended essay about the cultural and personal meaning of the first black American president, was published in 2016.[25]

    Registration is no longer available because the registration deadline has passed.