Many writers reach a stage when their work calls for a concentrated dose of personal attention. A mentorship can be a way to accelerate the writing process, to burst through blocks, and to move a project forward.
Instructor Kerry Muir says, “I love helping writers identify the major themes in their work, find the unique persona in their writing voice, and bring three-dimensional, real-life ‘characters’ vividly to life on the page. More than anything, I love to help writers find joy in the work, embrace taking risks with language and form, and most importantly, speak their own truth.”
Over a nine-week period, you’ll submit three packets of work for comprehensive, individualized feedback from Kerry. Each “packet” will consist of: 1) 4,000 - 5,000 words (of a memoir, personal essay, lyric essay, nonfiction hybrid) for in-depth written feedback from Kerry; 2) a small critical engagement with select reading assignments in creative nonfiction (which Kerry will provide) and which will foster close-reading skills and inform creative practice; and 3) a small “letter” to be addressed to Kerry, in which students can pose any relevant questions, concerns or reflections about the writing process or craft.
Intermediate writers and above recommended.
September 21 – November 20