Mash Notes: Compression, Constraint, and Juxtaposition | Newberry

Mash Notes: Compression, Constraint, and Juxtaposition

Led by Julie Benesh
Saturday, July 10, 2021
One session, Saturday, July 10

9 am - 12 pm (Central Time)


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Seminar Description

Ironically, mashing -- compression, constraint, and juxtaposition -- can be freeing! From using particular words or letters or doing 10 minute free-writes to pouring a lot of material into a tiny container, juxtapositions may include turning a meditation on mortality into a shopping list, a resignation letter into an obituary, an essay on loneliness into a Help Wanted Ad, or an elegy into a how-to manual. The payoff may be a warm-up, a piece worthy of publication, or both!

One session. Registration – $85

Julie Benesh is a business psychology professor and department chair at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and a writer of fiction and creative non-fiction. She has an MFA from Warren Wilson College's Program for Writers and a PhD in human and organizational systems.

Materials List


  • A free digital course packet of additional material, compiled by the instructor and distributed electronically before the seminar begins.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for this seminar.

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, May 19th. Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning May 12th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

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We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.