The Girls Who Turned Into Trees



Electric Literature







Maps and Legends



The Collagist

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about Miranda Schmidt

Miranda Schmidt’s work has appeared in TriQuarterly, The Collagist, Electric Literature, Phoebe, and other journals. A 2017 Lambda Literary Emerging LGBTQ Voices Fellow, Miranda has taught creative writing at the University of Washington, Portland Community College, and the Loft. Her recently completed novel, Or Wanting To Be Known, was a finalist for the Nilsen First Novel Prize and she is currently at work on a project inspired by shapeshifting fairy tales. 

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Writing Hybrid Forms

Online at the Loft

June 6- July 18

In this course, we'll explore writing in hybrid forms that combine the conventions of poetry, fiction, and/or creative nonfiction. We'll look at speculative memoirs, lyric essays, story poems, and other work that breaks the rules of genre and form. We'll read excerpts from Ariel Gore's speculative memoir, We Were Witches, and examine how this work combines fiction and nonfiction, introducing the fantastical into the arena of realism. We'll also look at the way Maggie Nelson wraps poetry into a memoir that also borrows conventions from academic essays in The Argonauts. As we read work by cross genre writers like Michael Ondaatje, Anne Carson, Salmon Rushdie, Toni Morrison, and Virginia Woolf, we'll also generate our own new hybrid material. During the final weeks of the course, you'll have the chance to develop and polish your own hybrid piece and submit it for instructor feedback.