Courses & Faculty

PERSONAL ESSAYPERSONAL ESSAY
Jerry Mirskin

Like poets and memoirists, personal essayists make meaning by drawing on their own real life experiences.  In addition to enhancing students’ descriptive writing skills, this class focuses on developing strategies for drafting, organizing and revising.  As a creative writing class, it's a strong choice for writers who want to develop their own style and voice.  In addition to practicing the arts and crafts of the traditional essay, this class will explore the relatively new genre of Flash Nonfiction, which exists on the borderline between personal essay and poetry.  The class is conducted as a workshop, where writers benefit from sharing their work within a community of peers.  

Jerry Mirskin received his PhD in English/Composition Theory from University of Wisconsin at Madison. He also holds an MFA in English/Creative Writing from SUNY Binghamton and BA in Psychology from SUNY Fredonia. He teaches Poetry, Composition Theory, and Academic Writing courses at Ithaca College, as well as a course in Personal Essay. His poems "I Called My Uncle" and "No Ideas But In Things" were published in Arts & Letters after being selected for first prize in Arts & Letters PRIME Poetry Prize (2012). His poetry collections In Flagrante Delicto and Picture a Gate Hanging Open and Let that Gate be the Sun are both available from Mammoth Books. Jerry is also the coordinator of the Planned Studies Program at IC.