I’ve posted two fine examples of the Braided Essay for those of you who wish to use this unique structure. For some background on the form (it’s also called the lyric essay), visit this site. As I said in class, the form consists of three distinct narrative lines–a personal story, research, someone else’s story–that each speak to a chosen theme. The lines need not be overtly related, but they do need to build toward your theme in some way.
To get an idea of how this works, read the two examples I’ve posted below, “The Bone Road,” written by USU alum Brandon Schrand, and “Agent Orange,” by Ben Quick.
If you have questions or specific ideas that you’d like to run by me, send me an email or talk to me in class.