Deborah Jackson Taffa is the director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. Winner of the PEN Jean Stein Grant, her memoir WHISKEY TENDER is forthcoming from Harper next year. A recipient of fellowships from MacDowell, Hedgebrook, Tin House, A Public Space, the Ellen Meloy Foundation, and the Kranzberg Arts Center, she is a citizen of the Quechan (Yuma) Nation and Laguna Pueblo. She lives in Santa Fe, NM.
Sundays, February 5–26, 2023
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The Essay Workshop
The essay—the most flexible, shapeshifting genre—has much to offer writers. This workshop is designed to explore the dynamic possibilities of creative nonfiction. How do we weave public histories into individual stories? What is the impact of emotional truth versus factual truth? How do we distinguish memoir from autobiography? The lyric essay from the traditional essay? And how do we use the form to enrich any type of material? We’ll look at a range of essays—from the historic to the modern—and seek to understand what defines these works in all their permutations. Explore how various writers have navigated its possibilities, and discuss ways to experiment with the typologies to create new directions for our own work.
This is a generative workshop, and each week a piece of writing will be created in conversation with the work we read.
Sundays, February 5–26, 2023
3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. ET
Online on Zoom
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