(none currently being offered)
Writing the Experimental Essay
taught via Writing Workshops
taught via Zoom
taught via The Stables
The essay is arguably the most elastic form of literature, at times allowing journalism, personal recollection, biography, and current events to coexist in a single space. But the essay needs containers to hold its matter which are as bendable and movable as its wide-ranging subjects. We will explore four modes of experimenting with essay structure: The Speculative Essay (the real + the unreal), The Erasure Essay (creating yours from theirs), The Visual Essay (image + text), and The Constraint Essay (form-dependent/hermit crab). Through discussion, readings, and take-home exercises in these 1.5-hour classes, writers will stretch their own limits and explore new frontiers in nonfiction, finding that the methods to examine truth and facts are endless.
Artifacts into Art: Nonfiction Excavation
taught via Lafayette Writers’ Studio
The artifacts we collect have unique, distinct meanings specific to our own experiences. The feathers, the mixtapes, the framed photos, the clothes. The metaphor writes itself: artifacts are a natural complement to our writing practice! In this workshop we will read essays which use artifacts in their construction, we will practice writing essays which lean on artifacts as evidence to corroborate our truth, and we will learn how to turn written artifacts (our own or others’) into essays. Through readings, discussion, in-class assignments, and take-home prompts, writers will appreciate the value of their artifacts anew.
I have given guest lectures on experimental nonfiction and erasure essays for the University of Arizona, the University of Nebraska-Omaha and Washington State University.
I have given guest lectures on directing a small press for the University of Baltimore, Bridgewater State University, the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and Washington State University, and gave a lecture as part of the Virtual Speaker Series in Writing, Publishing, and Editing for the University of North Dakota.
I love talking to students! To find out my availability, please contact me at kristine at kristinelangleymahler dot com