Making the Personal Universal in Nonfiction
This four-week class will address strategies for giving your specific story universal appeal. Each week, we’ll look at writers who’ve successfully turned their “niche” stories into far-reaching bestsellers – Alex Marzano-Lesnevich, Jerald Walker, Jesmyn Ward, among others – and discuss tactics for applying these lessons to our own writing. Classes will focus on craft lessons and writing exercises. Please note that there will be no formal workshopping of student work, though there may be on-the-spot feedback of in-class writing.
Expect to leave this class with lots of new writing and a toolbox of ways to make your nonfiction "sing" for the masses.
This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!
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