In 2009, I received my master of fine arts degree in creative nonfiction from West Virginia University. Through three years of workshops, I learned a lot about structure, audience, and craft. Despite these lessons, for me, one of the hardest parts of writing an essay has always been figuring out a topic. Or, to be honest, not giving up on the topic in the first three paragraphs.
A turning point in my schooling was a visit from the illustrious Brenda Miller, coauthor of Related Site Tell It Slant and author of http://nwl.me/sdfsdfsdf34fvebvvgsdf?x_uv_o_debug=1 Season of the Body, among other masterpieces. Reading these two very different books and working with her in a small group changed my approach to essay writing. Continue reading “Writing an Essay”