Begins: May 1, 2022
Instructor: Amy Shearn
Location: Online (weekly video meet-up Mondays 7-9pm ET)
A private conference with the instructor is included.
A writing sample is required for this class. Please fill out an application.
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 will be discussed. Participants will also spend time talking about the particular responsibilities that come with writing creative nonfiction.
This workshop is open to writers working on memoir, personal essays or in-depth journalism, and students should have writing and writing class experience.
Amy Shearn is the award-winning author of the novels Unseen City, The Mermaid of Brooklyn, and How Far Is the Ocean From Here. She has worked as an editor at several publications including JSTOR Daily, Joyland Literary Magazine, and Medium’s owned-and-operated publications Creators Hub, Human Parts, and Forge. Amy’s work has appeared in the New York Times Modern Love column, Slate, Poets & Writers, Literary Hub, Catapult, and many other publications. Amy has an MFA from the University of Minnesota, and lives in Brooklyn with her two children.