Creative Nonfiction: The Personal as Universal

Date: 7/16/18 – 7/20/18

Location: Open Book-Loft Classroom

Day of the Week: Monday;Tuesday;Wednesday;Thursday;Friday

Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Ages: 13-17

Class Level: 13-17

Genre: Creative Nonfiction

• Regular: $262.50
• Member: $236.25
• Low-Income: $183.75

The more specific your writing, the more it will resonate with a reader. Think: the tile pattern on your kitchen floor, the stitching on your brother's hat. In this class, we'll read various forms of creative nonfiction by writers like Leslie Jamison, Alison Bechdel, Bich Minh Nguyen, Roxane Gay, and Eula Biss, among others, and learn about the ways they approach a concept or image from their personal lives. We'll look at the forms a piece of creative nonfiction can take, whether memoir, graphic memoir, or essay—narrative, lyric, research-based, or humor. Through in-class writing exercises and discussion, we'll consider and write toward the details in our own lives and learn when to balance scene with exposition.

This class is introductory; first-time creative nonfiction writers can experiment within the genre that borrows literary techniques like narrative structure and dialogue from fiction and language from poetry.