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Writers Workshops


Course #2018-308
Saturday March 24 9:00 am–4:00 pm with a one hour lunch break
Cost: $35 Instructor: Justin Jannise
This workshop is full


Inprint House
1520 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006 United States
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This workshop is open to K-12 educators only. 

“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means,” Joan Didion famously wrote. This quotation suggests a model for essay writing not as the translation of pre-formed ideas into language but the very discovery, through the art of language, of those thoughts, ideas, perceptions, speculations, and conclusions that transform readers and writers alike.

This six-hour class will be more of a laboratory than a factory, a place where discovery — not industry — is the main goal. That having been said, by the end of the day each student should walk away with a solid first draft of a personal essay. Assignments and discussion will emerge from readings of work by Didion, Miranda July, Roxane Gay, and others. We will also explore the mechanics and possibilities of essay-writing through friendly critique of participant work.


About the instructor

JUSTIN JANNISE holds degrees in writing from Yale and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. A native of the Houston area, he is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the UH Creative Writing Program, where he received an Inprint  C. Glenn Cambor Fellowship. He also serves as an assistant poetry editor for Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. His work has appeared in Columbia Journal, Yale Review, North American Review, and The Awl.

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 Spring 2018 workshop schedule click here.