Writing About Family: Nonfiction Focus

$130.00
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$150.00
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Saturday, August 3rd, 10:00am-5:00pm
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Level: For Everyone
12 seats max
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As a nonfiction writer, you often pull material from your own life, and that means you may end up writing about the people closest to you: your family. But this brings up some tough questions: How is it possible to create a well-rounded portrait of someone you don’t want to upset? How can you ever get past the thought: what will my grandmother think when she reads this? In addition, when writing about family members who have passed or about intimate family history, how can you avoid falling into the trap of nostalgia and sentimentality? These are exactly the questions that we will tackle over the course of our six-hour session. In this one-day class, we will read excerpts from many nonfiction writers who have braved the topic of their families and attempt several writing prompts in response to the reading. This course will be a mix of a discussion-based seminar and a generative writing session, so students can leave the class with the beginnings of several pieces about their families. Readings may include excerpts by Mary Karr, Maxine Hong Kingston, Alison Bechdel, Margo Jefferson, Tobias Wolff, Phillip Roth, David Sedaris, Janet Mock, and Vladimir Nabokov.

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Instructor

E.B. Bartels
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Elements

  • Class Discussion
  • In-Class Writing
  • Craft Lessons

Genre

  • Book-Length Memoir
  • Personal Essay
  • Nonfiction

Commitment Level

Low

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