The FREE Writing Experimental Essays Series March Class: What is Flash Creative Nonfiction?

When: March 17th, 7-9pm EST
Where: Online, via Zoom
How to register: Send an email with “Writing Experimental Essays March Class” in the subject line to writingourlivesworkshop@gmail.com

Many of us were taught to write personal essays in the traditional way, where the events happen chronologically and we tell one story in a straight-forward way. This is not the way I tell stories. 

The people I learned storytelling from, my mother, grandmother and other elders, weaved tales that brought in other stories and memories. They braided stories together. They jumped around. Their stories weren’t chronological and they weren’t linear. 

When I learned to write personal essay, I learned the traditional narrative form, and was required to write in this way. This stunted my storytelling because it was so contrary to how I was taught at home. When I discovered experimentation in personal essay form, my writing opened up. I discovered I’d been “experimenting” for a long time. 

This is the way I tell story: I weave; I braid; I collage; and you probably do too. 

If you braid stories together, yours and your mother’s, your sister’s, your brother’s, you’re experimenting. 

If you’ve created an essay using a recipe, you’ve experimented. 

If you’ve jumped from one time period to another, and circled back, you’ve experimented. 

Experimentation is about messing with form, structure and time. 

In the second class of the Experimenting with Personal Essay Form series, we’re taking on the question: What is Flash CNF?

When: March 17th, 7-9pm EST
Where: Online, via Zoom
How to register: Send an email with “Writing Experimental Essays March Class” in the subject line to writingourlivesworkshop@gmail.com.

Writing Experimental Essays is a FREE/Donation based series brought to you by Vanessa Mártir and the Writing Our Lives Workshop. The classes are scheduled for the third Wednesday of the month, February to June, 7-9pm EST. The remaining classes are:
April 21st: What is the collage essay?
May 19th: What is the braided essay?
June 16th: What is the hermit crab essay?

Note: you cannot sign up in advance for all the classes in the series. Registration starts on the first of the month for that month’s class.

2 comments

  1. Hi Vanessa, thanks for offering these classes. I would love to join. I live in Europe so it’d be a little late for me to join in real time. Are the sessions recorded? No worries if not. Thank you.

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