Phillip Lopate comes to BookCourt to talk about his two new books.
Building off the strong success of his classic The Art of the Personal Essay, Lopate returns with a refreshing new masterclass on the craft of the personal essay. In his flawless, conversational prose style, Lopate brings to the fore the many issues facing writers today, addressing how to turn oneself into a character, treating the "I'm too boring" and "I'm too weird" complexes, and elaborating on the evolving place of creative nonfiction in the literary world. The result is a brilliant magnum opus compiled from over forty years of teaching his craft to thousands of young writers, from elementary students to MFAs. An award-winning essayist and author himself, Lopate brings to vividly into focus the true lifeblood of writing: exploration of one's innermost thoughts, feelings, and perceptions. With his guidance, even the most experienced writer, fiction or nonfiction, poet or essayist, is certain to learn a thing or two about the craft.