On four Tuesday evenings in March, I’ll lead a workshop about essay endings.
As writers of creative nonfiction, we all eventually wonder—Where do I end this essay? How do I create a finish line? A landing place? We’ll address those questions by reading select works of published nonfiction, honing in on essay ending techniques, and examining a range of craft decisions from the structural to the atmospheric. Via weekly prompts, participants will experiment with an array of ending mechanisms/moves/modes and will have the opportunity to cross-pollinate ideas by sharing their work. While some participants might “end” an essay-in-progress over the course of this workshop, finality itself is not our goal. Rather, this workshop will help participants cultivate a forward-looking (endward-looking?) mindset they can tap for momentum at all stages of writing.