This writing workshop will expand and deepen your understanding of literary nonfiction—a genre that applies the craft of fiction to true stories. We will read a range of styles and experiment with subject and form. We will learn from literary mentors: Colum McCann, Margo Jefferson, Anthony Doerr, and others. We will determine how to accurately render people, places, and experiences, and how to create honest, engaging work. We will ask hard questions: How do we decide what information merits inclusion? How do we justify what we exclude? How much can we trust our reader to “get” our intentions? The workshop-style seminar will depend on active participation, in- class and take-home writing assignments, critiques of one another’s work, and commitment to the process of revision.
- Teacher: Courtney Zoffness