The key question for this session is: Am I telling my deepest story? We’ll discuss how to tell whether the answer is yes or no. For the “yes” students, we’ll discuss techniques to begin bringing the story to life with vivid details. For the “no” students, we’ll discuss when (and how) to cut losses and begin again.

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Video Guide

0:00 - Intro
2:06 - Example essay: "I Shot My Brother"
9:02 - Example essay: "Dead Bird"
14:01 - Four Qualities of an Amazing Essay
22:58 - Five Ways to Bring Your Essay to Life
24:04 - 1. Begin with a Problem that Must Be Solved
28:23 - 2. Show, Then Tell
37:31 - 3. Use Geeky Language
42:03 - 4. Use the Right Details
47:01 - 5. Aim for an Ending That's Surprising, but Inevitable
49:32 - When to Scrap What You Have and Start Over
53:15 - Got Your Topic but Unsure of the Structure?
1:00:04 - Homework

Resources Referenced in this Session

Essay Analysis: "I Shot My Brother"
Essay Analysis: "Dead Bird"
Book: The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron
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