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Narrating the Self: A Nonfiction Generative

Saturday, July 13th, 10:30am-1:30pm
GrubStreet HQ
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Level: For Everyone
12 seats max

As writers, we frequently seek inspiration in the writing of others. In this generative class for nonfiction writers of all levels, we'll discuss what we might call "re-reading essays," in which writers engage directly with books (or other art) that have shaped them, writing personal/critical essays that use their encounters with literature as jumping-off points to say something new. Example readings may include work by writers including Briallen Hopper, Leslie Jamison, Zadie Smith, and Esmé Weijun Wang. Devote your morning to reading as a writer—and writing as a reader. Students will learn about this increasingly popular essay form and the sources of inspiration it offers, and will also spend in-class time starting their own "re-reading essays" or working on writing of their choice.

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Nora Caplan-Bricker
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Previous Students Say

  • Inspired Me to Write More
  • "Great for Newbies"
  • "Generative"
  • "Supportive Environment"


  • Study Published Writing
  • Generate New Work
  • Class Discussion
  • In-Class Writing
  • Craft Lessons


  • Book-Length Memoir
  • Personal Essay
  • Literary Journalism
  • Nonfiction

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