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Saturday, April 18


Crafting the Lyric Essay
Join essayist Randon Billings Noble for an in-depth exploration of the lyric essay.  What makes an essay “lyric”?  What are the benefits of using imagery and intuition to explore a line of thought instead of narrative and exposition?  In this workshop we'll read short examples, look at some of the myriad forms a lyric essay can take, consider the ways form can intensify content, and do some writing. Participants will leave with the start of a lyric essay as well as a list of places to read and publish them.

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Randon Billings Noble

Essayist, University of Nebraska Press
Randon Billings Noble is an essayist. Her collection Be with Me Always was published by the University of Nebraska Press in March 2019 and her anthology of lyric essays, A Harp in the Stars, is forthcoming from Nebraska in 2021. Other work has appeared in the Modern Love column of... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2020 TBA


The Art of Pitching Editors
Most nonfiction pieces, whether in magazines or online, begin life as pitches--an email sent from a writer to an editor. In this workshop, we will walk you through how to come up with arresting pitches for everything from book reviews to essays to feature pieces. We'll walk through the anatomy of an effective pitch letter, as well as editor etiquette. We'll also talk about the delicate question of money.

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Hannah Grieco

Hannah Grieco is a writer and editor in the Washington, DC area. Her work has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, and Best Microfiction. Her essays, articles, and interviews can be read in The Washington Post, Al Jazeera, The Huffington Post... Read More →
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Samuel Ashworth

Samuel Ashworth is a novelist, journalist, and teacher. He is a regular contributor of feature pieces to national publications, and his journalism, fiction, and criticism have appeared in Eater, the Washington Post Magazine, Longreads, Elemental, Hazlitt, NYLON, Hobart, Barrelhouse... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2020 TBA