In this class we will examine essays that take their forms from other sources in order to write our own. We will look at pieces that borrow form from documents like quizzes, medical charts, and rejection letters, and try and find inspiration in our own everyday documents. We will also look at the braided essay, and nonfiction that uses poetic forms like sonnets, sestinas, and ghazals to find their structures before trying our own. Let your writing cross lines and bend genre and move into a new form!
Traci Brimhall is the author of Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod (Copper Canyon, 2020), Saudade (Copper Canyon, 2017), Our Lady of the Ruins (W.W. Norton, 2012), and Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press, 2010). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Slate, Poetry, The Believer, The New Republic, New York Times Magazine, and Best American Poetry. A 2013 NEA Fellow, she is a Professor of Creative Writing at Kansas State University.