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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
Adult (18+)
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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