Instructor: Amy Shearn
Dates: begins March 21, 2024 | Thurs* 7-9pm
Location: Park Slope
*no class the week of 4.25
A private conference with the instructor is included.
A writing sample is required for this class. Please fill out an application with your contact info and a 3-5 page sample.
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. 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 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 works with writers at Medium and is the editor of Human Parts and Creators Hub. A former fiction editor at the literary magazine Joyland, Amy’s work has appeared in the New York Times, 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.