Begins: January 24, 2022
Instructor: Laura Crossett
Location: Online (weekly video meet-up Mondays 7:30-9:30pm EST)
Fee: $550 (usually $625)
A writing sample is not required (but welcome) for this class. Please fill out an application with your contact info.
Through group discussion of student work, plus that of published authors, writers in this workshop will examine the art and craft of creative nonfiction. The focus will be on learning to understand and use a full range of literary techniques in order to tell a truly compelling nonfiction story. Topics such as the use of dialogue, the creation of scene, attention to style and how to craft structure from true events, and how to successfully research will be discussed. Participants will also spend time talking about the particular responsibilities that come with writing creative nonfiction. In-class writing prompts will be used to inspire and motivate students to produce new work.
This workshop is open to writers working on memoir and personal essays, and writers at all levels of skill and experience are welcome to join.
Laura received an MFA from the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa, where she taught writing for three years, and an MLIS from Dominican University, and she worked for fifteen years as a public librarian in Illinois, Wyoming, and Iowa. She has presented locally and nationally on topics including low-budget web usability, essay writing, research, and self-publishing.
Laura now lives in her hometown of Iowa City with her family, a dog, some cats, and what some people might consider too many books and computers.