4 Fridays, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5
1 - 3 p.m.
Open to all levels, good for beginners
This four-week workshop is back, due to popular request. Open to all writers who are interested in the art of effectively telling true stories. Through a blend of instruction, reading time, writing time and individual critique sessions, participants will gain exposure to creative nonfiction writers and various types of creative nonfiction, as well as engage in meaningful discussion about the genre and (optional) receive feedback on their own works in progress. We will use examples and insights of some of the genre's greats, such as Lee Gutkind and Joan Didion, to understand how and why creative nonfiction is a powerful form of storytelling. We will talk about what creative nonfiction is (telling a true story in a creative way using elements of fiction such as plot, setting, and character development) and what it isn't (using creative license to the point in which a story is no longer true). A significant portion of the class will consist of critique, in which participants offer feedback on other participants' work. Participants are encouraged to bring a work in progress (4,000 words or less) OR an idea for an essay or another creative nonfiction project, to the first session. Writing sessions may also utilize provided writing prompts. All participants are encouraged to come with questions relating to the genre.