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Special Topics in Nonfiction

In Pursuit of Uncertainty: Working with the Unknown in Nonfiction

Tuesday, September 8th from 6:00-9:00pm
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

Some of the smartest and most effective nonfiction happens when writers don’t simply demonstrate an idea they already have, but instead work to make sense of their subjects, deducing patterns among what they know in order to venture into the uncertain territory of what they don’t. In this class, we’ll observe how writers awaken their own curiosity as they examine and research people they know and love, people they’re interested in, their own experiences, and particular times, places, and cultural contexts. Along the way, we’ll look for strategies writers can use to turn uncertainty into a strength rather than a weakness.

We'll explore narrative strategies, research strategies, reconstructed scenes, composite scenes, characterization, point of view, negative capability, and empathy. There will be intermittent mini-lectures, but we will spend most of our time on reading, discussion, writing, and exercises. We’ll talk briefly about some of the writing students produce in class and work to help each other develop individual strategies. We will not workshop existing work.

This class is most appropriate for those who already have some foundational knowledge of the conventions of nonfiction, but everyone is welcome.

Part of GrubStreet's Special Topics in the Nonfiction, a group of classes dedicated to exploring different craft elements of creative nonfiction. For more class offerings, click here.


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Jason Tucker
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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"


  • Generate New Work
  • Craft Lessons
  • In-Class Writing
  • Lecture
  • In-Class Reading
  • Class Discussion
  • Computer or Tablet Recommended
  • Concept Development


  • Personal Essay
  • Literary Journalism
  • Nonfiction

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