Teens in our writing class will explore the art of personal expression through public experience. This means: Yup, The Essay.
Students will learn to not only write personal essays, but also focus on dozens of different thinkers who are working with the essay as a form of expression. Students will write their own essays, and establish ways of tapping into their own thoughts, memories, interests as seeds for engaging and mindful expression. In the second semester the students will form a small press/underground publisher to produce a class ‘Zine collectively designed, edited, written and created by the students. The required text is The Art of the Personal Essay, edited by Phillip Lopate.