A writing sample is not required 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 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, personal essays or in-depth journalism.
A private conference with the instructor is included.
Instructor: Zaina Arafat
Begins: Thursday, January 10, 2019
Day/Time: Thursdays 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Location: Fort Greene
Zaina Arafat is a Palestinian-American writer. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Granta, The Believer, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Christian Science Monitor, BuzzFeed, VICE, and NPR, among other publications. Her debut novel, YOU EXIST TOO MUCH, is forthcoming from Catapult, and she is also at work on a collection of essays. She is the 2018 recipient of the Arab Women/Migrants from the Middle East fellowship at Jack Jones Literary Arts. She has taught writing at the University of Iowa, The School of the New York Times, Sackett Street Writers and abroad in Amman, Jordan. She has also led workshops for dreamers and DACA recipients through the Writer’s Guild Initiative, and is the Muslim Communities Coordinator at the Asian American Writers Workshop. She holds an M.A. in international affairs from Columbia University and an M.F.A. from Iowa.