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Short Forms: Microessays and Prose Poems
Learn how essays can break the rules of conventional writing, allowing you to design essay forms to match your needs rather than being forced to fit the rules of more conventional forms. Examine structures that reimagine the essay, such as the microessay and the prose poem or "proem." Professor Cognard-Black…
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The Essayist as Public Intellectual
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Steal, Adopt, Adapt: Where Essays Begin
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