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CNF 145 — Write the "Modern Love" Essay

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Saturdays
Course Format: On-campus (About Formats)
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Jul 9—Jul 16
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jul 2
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $340
Instructor(s): Melanie Bishop
Limit: 21
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Open
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10:00 am—4:00 pm (PT)
Jul 9—Jul 16
2 days
Refund Date
Jul 2
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Melanie Bishop
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Many writers who have had their essay accepted by The New York Times for its “Modern Love” column have said that the experience changed their lives: agents and publishers were calling, essays were optioned for films, and the experience was oddly more exciting than having a first book published. There are few greater exposures for writers—the Sunday New York Times has 2.6 million readers, and “Modern Love” is one of its most popular columns. In this course, we will first discuss and analyze readings from Modern Love: True Stories of Love, Loss, and Redemption, the anthology of “Modern Love” essays collected by column editor Daniel Jones. Students will complete exercises to unearth their own best “Modern Love” material—romantic or familial love—and get feedback on which ideas pique classmates’ interest. You will leave the first session with the beginnings of an essay, which you will develop over the next week. Next, we will read and discuss drafts in progress. This course, open to both new and experienced writers, can help strengthen your skills and confidence in writing short personal essays, regardless of where you ultimately seek to publish. You will leave with a working draft, encouragement, suggestions for revision, how-to-submit info, and an expanded awareness of this thing called love.

Faculty Emeritus, Creative Writing, Prescott College; Editor and Writing Coach

Melanie Bishop’s “Modern Love” essay “I Would Have Driven Her Anywhere” appeared in The New York Times in 2018. Her novel My So-Called Ruined Life was a finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Book Award. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Huffington Post, Vela, Glimmer Train, The Georgetown Review, New York Journal of Books, and elsewhere.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Daniel Jones, Modern Love: True Stories of Love, Loss, and Redemption (ISBN 978-0593137048)