Nonfiction Online Writer’s Workshop with Moeko Fujii
July 5 - August 9$500
The course: Stranger Natures
How does the environment come to life—or into something stranger—in nonfiction and film? When does the “I” become strange, even unruly, when seeing and encountering natural worlds? In this workshop, we will first experiment with the essay form, untangling the fraught intimacies between the essay and the environment, attention and extinction, lists and order, the lyric and longing, and the ordinary and survival. The final two weeks will focus on how nature(s) on screen implicate our understanding of the relation between persons and things. The reading list will include essays from writers such as Montaigne, James Baldwin, Anna Tsing, Juliana Spahr, Virginia Woolf, Sei Shonagon, Annie Dillard, and Anne Carson.
Each class will be separated into two parts. For the first section, we will engage in a discussion of the reading assignments. The second half of the class will be devoted to critiquing student work. Additionally, you will have the option to complete a short assignment (300-500 words) every other week, responding to a prompt.
The Instructor: Moeko Fujii is a writer and a critic whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, Aperture, the Criterion Collection, The Point, and elsewhere. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from Columbia and a BA from Harvard College, and has received scholarships from Tin House, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and Kundiman. She currently writes the film column “Green Screen” for Orion, and calls New York and Tokyo home.
Duration: This class meets over six consecutive Wednesdays, July 5 – August 9, from 5-8 pm ET.
Apply by May 30.