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VIRTUAL: Beauty in Brevity: The Art of the Short Essay

This workshop is full. Please click blue box to sign up for the waitlist. A well-crafted short essay is intimate, heartfelt, and moving. It combines the narrative flow of fiction, the concise quality of lyric poetry, and the emotional power of song. Creating the short essay can employ the research skills of a journalist, the critical eye of an editor, and the performance techniques of a storyteller.

In this workshop, we’ll explore some of the many inspirations for short essays — from childhood memories to pet peeves to passionate beliefs. You’ll hear a variety of essays from some masters of the art; gather ideas by using writing prompts; shape free writing into essays; read aloud; and revise rough drafts until they’re polished jewels. We will also sample different forms of essays, both traditional and contemporary. We’ll also discuss the short essay as performance—for readings, radio, or podcasts.

Monday-Friday – 9:00-Noon MT (3 hours)
Additional afternoon special offerings: 
Tuesday: 5:00-6:30pm MT (90 minutes)
Wednesday: 5:00-6:30pm MT (90 minutes)
Friday: 5:00-6:30pm MT (90 minutes)
Suggested: $200
(+$50) $250
(-$50) $150
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  • Colleen Anderson
    Colleen Anderson

    Colleen Anderson is a graphic designer, writer, singer/songwriter, and avid origami enthusiast who lives in West Virginia. Her short essays for West Virginia Public Broadcasting have won national awards, and she is the author of a novel for children, Missing: Mrs. Cornblossom (Quarrier Press, 2012), a poetry chapbook, Bound Stone (Finishing Line Press, 2016), and three collections of original songs: Fabulous Realities (1990), Going Over Home (2010), and Trail through the Trees (2020).


Feb 22 - 26 2021

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Feb 22 - 26 2021


$200 (+/- Optional $50 Scholarship Support)

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