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Writers Workshops

Personal Essay 2019-107

Course #2019-107
Thursdays Starting January 24 6:00 pm–9:00 pm running 10 weeks
Cost: $395 Instructor: Cait Weiss Orcutt
This workshop is full


Inprint House
1520 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006 United States
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In this creative writing workshop, writers will delve into what has made the personal essay a unique and captivating literary form for centuries, both for readers to read and writers to write. To add a new element to this personal essay course, we will specifically be looking at how landscapes — geographical, historical, political, aesthetic and bodily — impact the way we tell our stories. From Fran Leibowitz to Ta-Nehisi Coates, Philip Lopate to David Sedaris, Susan Orlean to Samantha Irby, David Foster Wallace to Joan Didion, the diverse works we read in this course will provide a wider lens through which to view our own experience, a map against which to chart our own world. Each reading we cover as a class will come with generative writing prompts to spark inspiration and provide structure, culminating in the completion of a full-length, cohesive, and compelling personal essay developed through workshop and revision. Along with craft and workshop, the course will also include a discussion of the submission process, literary journals, cover letters, and publication. Be prepared to learn more about yourself and others than you’d ever imagined. All are welcome regardless of whether you’ve taken a personal essay course before or are entering the genre for the first time. Together we will explore multiple approaches to writing, changing how you see your creative work and your life. 

About the instructor

CAIT WEISS ORCUTT’s work has appeared in Boston ReviewChautauquaFIELD, The Academy of American Poets and more. Her poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best New Poets and Best of the Net, and her manuscript VALLEYSPEAK (Zone 3, 2017) won Zone 3 Press’ First Book Award, judged by Douglas Kearney. Cait has an MFA from The Ohio State and is currently a PhD candidate in Poetry at the UH Creative Writing Program, where she received an Inprint C. Glenn Cambor/MD Anderson Foundation Fellowship, and is working on a creative nonfiction side project.

By registering for an Inprint Writers Workshop you are agreeing to Inprint’s registration  policies. Remember to sign up for the waiting list if the workshop you would like to take is full. To see the full Winter/Spring 2019 workshop schedule click here.