Creative Nonfiction and Memoir with Jennifer Andrews, June 26–August 14

Creative Nonfiction and Memoir with Jennifer Andrews, June 26–August 14

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MONDAYS, JUNE 26–AUGUST 14, 6–8 PM  

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In this workshop, it is my hope to introduce you to literary techniques, those very techniques fiction writers, poets and essayists use to compose their work—work that is compelling, thoughtful and written with purpose. However, in this workshop, you will use those very techniques to explore a truth, and in doing so, you will begin to structure and embark on the beginnings of a creative non-fiction piece—be it a memoir or an essay.

By artfully and carefully choosing a person or event to profile or explore—whether it is through memoir or a literary nonfiction essay—your readers will come to understand what is going on outside the parameters you provide as a writer, by what is expressed within the frame you have constructed. In effect, you will use a person or event as a portal, through which you will climb, to explore and address a social, moral, personal and/or universal issue. Remember: all good writing comes from a place we cannot name, but is our own. And it is through this process of writing, we begin to better understand this place, and ultimately, ourselves.

We will read works by Pulitzer Prize winning journalists, Jon Franklin, Madeleine Blais, Anwar Accawi and Bernard Cooper. We will also read memoirists, Cheryl Strayed and Mary Karr. In this workshop, we will explore their work as writers, ask writerly questions, and begin to see how these writers/journalists choose a frame, where they place it contextually, and what, as readers, we can learn from this placement—this widow through which larger issues explode and are explored. 

In this class, you will also become editors, accountable not only to your own writing, but to each other’s as well. Editing and revising are the two most important tools in writing. As such, this workshop requires dedication to the craft, yourself as an artist/writer, and to each other.

It is my hope, at this workshop’s end, your writing will be borne of new places and perspectives. And with this, a true, authentic voice will emerge, one that will tell a story with integrity and grace, the power of gritty details, substance born of evidence, and the ability to inspire, intrigue and compel the reader through a written piece that is of worth not only to yourselves, but the audience it speaks to.

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Materials:  Notebook & Pencils (for editing)

Texts: 

On Writing Well, William Zinsser (30th Anniversary Edition) 

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Reading Packet: 

Excerpts: “Journalisism of Re-remembering,” and “You Must Remember This”

"Anecdote Exercises" from From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction

Leathal Weapon, Blais

Mrs. Kelly’s Monster, Franklin

The Telephone, Accawi

Burl’s, Cooper

Heroin/e, Strayed

"Ten Stages of the Interview"

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Suggested Texts:

The Elements of Style, William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White

A Writer’s Pocket Reference Guide, Diana Hacker

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