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. Writers should have some writing and writing class experience.
A writing sample is required to register for this class.
A private conference with the instructor is included.
Instructor: Alisson Wood
Begins: Week of June 3, 2019
Day/Time: Weeknight tbd 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Location: Park Slope
Alisson Wood‘s creative nonfiction has been published in places including The New York Times, Catapult, and Epiphany. She won the inaugural Breakout 8 Writers Prize, chosen by Alexander Chee, Hannah Tinti, and Tracy O’Neill on behalf of Epiphany magazine and the Author’s Guild. A graduate of NYU, she is a Professor of Creative Writing for undergraduates at her alma mater. Alisson has edited award-winning literary magazines including Washington Square Review and Dovetail. She is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the NYC literary reading series and online prose journal, Pigeon Pages. Her memoir, Being Lolita, is forthcoming from Flatiron Books (Macmillan) in 2019.