Week 1: Amuse-bouche: exciting the taste buds, building an appetite
The essay of desire is all in the preparation. In this first class, we’ll be finding out, through writing exercises and starting a dream journal, what we really want to write about. Something that has got hold of us and won’t let go, until we’re able to put it in creative form.
Week 2: Hors d’oeuvres/Starter
What paves the way for the main event? In culinary language, it’s a small savoury dish that’s ‘outside’ of the rest of the meal. In this writing process, we’ll be getting the opening paragraph or stanza in place so the writer can let go of controlling the words and allow them to be in control.
Week 3: Main course
We’ll be looking at excerpts of lyric prose essays as ways of freeing up language and syntax and giving permission to our own writing explorations.
Week 4: Salad
Not the actual green leafy kind we usually think of but from its etymological root: salare - to salt. We’ll be exploring through the art of concise feedback different ways of flavouring our writing to arouse the reader.
Week 5: Dessert: The sweet ending or the ‘just’ one
In this class, we’ll be experimenting with language prompted by visual imagery, musical stimulus and sounding. We’ll also be sharing the first draft of Essay of Desire in small groups.
Week 6: Coffee and pousse-café: the sharp tasting closure of the meal followed by liqueur
In this final class we’ll be putting our Essays to the test through readings and discussion.
For certificate students only:
Your instructor will evaluate you based on an essay, which you will complete at the end of the course. You will receive a grade of “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory.”
Textbooks and learning materials
Reading material (if applicable) will be available in class. Some course materials may be available online.