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The List As Organizing Structure with Serena Simpson

$65.00 · February 7

We will look at examples of works structured around a list of objects, a list of characters, and a list of events as models for how we can structure our own work.

Start Date

February 7

Day(s) of the Week

Tuesday

Class Times

6:30pm – 8:30pm CT

Sessions

1

Location

Zoom (online)

Instructor

Price

$65

In stock

Description

Writers might set out to begin a text that feels overwhelming in scope, looking for a way into the project or of sorting and arranging a complicated and unwieldy project already in progress. Rather than asking, “What do I want to say?” and deciding on a stance, you might ask instead, what do I know about this, or better still, what resonates with me?” This question can help you generate a concrete list as a way of gathering the materials that you will use to make up the text of your writing. We will look at examples of works structured around a list of objects, a list of characters, and a list of events as models for how we can structure our own work. Writers will read and discuss short excerpts and will participate in generative in class writing in response to prompts.


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About Serena Simpson

Serena Simpson is a prose writer from Chicago, IL. She has published essays in Barrelhouse and Ninth Letter. She won the Guild Complex’s 2018 Leon Forest Prose Award for nonfiction, was named a 2019 Tin House Scholar, awarded the 2020 Disquiet Prize for nonfiction, and selected as a 2021 Sewanee Nonfiction Scholar. Serena earned a BA in English at Spelman College, an MA in Writing and Publishing at DePaul University, and both an MFA in Creative Writing and MA in English Literature at Northwestern University. She has lead community-based writing workshops for Black writers and served as a writing consultant and editor for over ten years. Serena writes voice and character-driven narratives and Black womanist cultural criticism. Her work is frequently concerned with exploring memory, place, and the overlap, interstices, and interplay between them.