Win Two Tickets to Nicole Walker’s Workshop ‘The Braided Essay’


If you’ve been reading this website or following us on social media, you’ll already know that we’re co-presenting U.S.-based nonfiction writer Nicole Walker’s free lecture ‘Save the Planet: Write Nonfiction!’ on the evening of Monday the 7th of November. (If you didn’t know about this, click here to get the skinny and also to read Nicole’s rather excellent essay/memoir ‘Carbon Sucking Mushrooms Will Save Us but Whiskey Will Kill Us Anyway’.) What you won’t know—because we’re announcing it here, right now—is that we also have two tickets to Nicole’s two-day workshop ‘The Braided Essay’ to give away to two lucky TLB readers, thanks to our friends at RMIT’s non/fictionLab.

To enter, all you have to do is post on the social media platform of your choice (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr …) something about Nicole’s free talk ‘Save the Planet: Write Nonfiction!’, making sure you tag The Lifted Brow in your post (so we can see that you’ve posted it). That’s all! We will then randomly select two lucky recipients to attend Nicole’s workshop. Kindly note: the workshop takes place over two days, Tuesday the 8th and Wednesday the 9th of November, so please enter only if you can make it on both days.

About the workshop:

Most essays, are, in some way, braided. Even a traditional New Yorker essay focuses tightly on, for example, Bill Clinton’s personal background then zooms out to provide the reader a picture of the political Arkansan landscape in the 1960s. The braid lets the facts of experience and facts of the world to play upon each other to extract saliency and, through perspective shifting, discover new meaning. In this workshop, we’ll bring together research and personal stories to weave together essays that are narratively charged and widely meaningful.

About the lecture (to which you should totally come, regardless of whether or not you land a ticket to the workshop):

The planet is burning. It’s probably easier to do as Nero did and practice our fiddling. But say we don’t just want to fiddle while Rome burns. Perhaps we think it’s important to witness and adjust, as William Carlos Williams writes.

Award-winning U.S. essayist and poet Nicole Walker will speak to how nonfiction writing offers a way to re-see and revise our relationship to the planet and to ourselves.

About Nicole Walker:

Nicole Walker’s books include Quench Your Thirst With Salt, which won the Zone 3 creative nonfiction prize, and the forthcoming Egg (part of the Object Lessons series) and Canning Peaches for the Apocalypse. She teaches in the MFA nonfiction program at Northern Arizona University.

What more could you possibly need to know? Get sharing for your chance to attend this exciting workshop!