Personal and political: Building a better essay
They are widely shared and debated, loved by publishers and readers. The essay is an art form that has been with us for centuries, but has never been more popular than today. The best essay writers are those who combine personal insight with research, reporting or observation to produce something fresh and memorable. How is an essay constructed? What are the best ways to incorporate real-life experiences into compelling narrative non-fiction? How do the most successful essay writers use humour, political perspective and distinctive voice to tell stories that maintain readers’ interest? This is a seminar for those writers interested in expanding their non-fiction storytelling skills, and will combine lecture with short readings and writing exercises.