Summer Workshop Program 2024

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Deborah Jackson Taffa Revising Your Personal Essays: Make them Shine! August 4 to August 9, 2024 Time 9 am - 12 pm Discipline: Nonfiction/Memoir Open To All On-site Housing NOT Available - Off-site Housing Options
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In this workshop, we’ll frame revision as an opportunity. Two essays per participant will be examined with the aim of finalizing the draft. This means we will use craft techniques such as captions, utility, economy, and the clarity of the main event to determine what’s left to be done. We’ll make sure you are not telling what you have shown. We’ll also talk about the art of compression. We’ll rework paragraphs together, creating examples from various works, since sometimes we can see edits more clearly in a piece not our own. The workshop will emphasize the freedom revision offers. It means you don’t have to be perfect the first time!


Please send two shaped essays to share in class, each 4000 words maximum, to by July 19.


Deborah Jackson Taffa’s debut book, Whiskey Tender, has received advanced praise from the following outlets: Zibby Mag “Most Anticipated Book,” San Francisco Chronicle “New Book to Cozy Up With,” Publishers Weekly “Memoirs & Biographies: Top 10," The Millions “Most Anticipated,” and Electric Lit “Books by Women of Color to Read." With fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in Prose (2024), PEN America, MacDowell, Rona Jaffe, and the NY State Summer Writer’s Institute, Taffa received her MFA from the NWP at the University of Iowa. A member of the Yuma Nation and Laguna Pueblo, she is the director of the MFA CW program at the Institute of American Indian Arts and splits her time between Saint Louis, MO, and Santa Fe, NM.

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