The Tinkertoy/modular essay is a flexible form of CNF utilizing isolated scenes. By throwing away rigid plot structures, the writer focuses on voice and image to surprising, powerful results.
In this workshop, we’ll delve into the form, and do prompts to start us on our own Tinkertoy essays.
Laura Bernstein-Machlay’s poetry and creative nonfiction have appeared in numerous journals and magazines including The American Scholar, Georgia Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, etc. Her full-length collection of creative-nonfiction essays, Travelers, was published in 2018. She’s been nominated for six Pushcart Prizes in both nonfiction and poetry categories.