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Writing Hermit Crab Essays: Finding a Shape for Your Story with Silas Hansen

Presented by Indiana Writers Center at Indiana Writers Center, Indianapolis IN

Jul 25 2019
Writing Hermit Crab Essays: Finding a Shape for Your Story with Silas Hansen

In this class, we will look at examples of this type of essay to figure out how and when it works, do writing exercises to try it ourselves, and share these exercises in a supportive environment to hear feedback.

Instructor: Silas Hansen

Do you have a true story to tell, but aren’t sure where to start? Do you sometimes struggle with “writer’s block” and need a new way to get words on the page? Are you interested in learning unique ways of organizing your thoughts?

Brenda Miller and Suzanne Paola coined the term “hermit crab essay” in 2004’s Tell It Slant and the form—sometimes called a “fraudulent artifact”—has been gaining popularity among established and emerging writers

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Cost: $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

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