Let the Fragments Be Enough: An Exploration of the Segmented Essay & Micro-Memoir

Breakout Session


For years I generated 1,000-2,000 words at a sitting, but when the pandemic hit, suddenly a good writing day was around 70 words, a really good writing day was 100, but 300 words in one sitting seemed impossible. Yet, over time, these fragmented thoughts and memories built on each other, eventually turning into an essay collection, out next year with Unsolicited Press. In this session, we'll explore fragments as building blocks for segmented essays and as standalone micro essays, examining works by Maggie Nelson, Beth Ann Fennelly, Sonja Livingston, and others.

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  • Lara Lillibridge

    Lara Lillibridge (she/zher) is the author of The Truth About Unringing Phones: Essays on Yearning (forthcoming); Mama, Mama, Only Mama: An Irreverent Guide for the Newly Single Parent, and Girlish: Growing Up in a Lesbian Home. Lillibridge also co-edited an anthology entitled Feminine Rising: Voices of Power and Invisibility. She...