Writing Creative Non Fiction

Creative non fictionWriting creative nonfiction : instruction and insights from teachers of
the Associated Writing Programs
Poet Forché (The Country Between Us) and novelist Gerard (Writing a Book That Makes a Difference) have brought together more than 30 writers and teachers affiliated with the Associated Writing Programs to introduce creative nonfiction as a new literary form. In this new form, which differs in style as well  as technique from other nonfiction genres such as journalism, the critical essay, and academic biography, the crucial elements of storytelling are just as important as the accuracy of the text. Experience the power and the promise of working in today’ most exciting literary form: Creative NonfictionWriting Creative Nonfiction presents more than thirty essays examining every key element of the craft, from researching ideas and structuring the story, to reportage and personal reflection. You’ll learn from some of today’s top creative nonfiction writers, including:

Terry Tempest Williams – Analyze your motivation for writing, its value, and its strength.

Alan Cheuse – Discover how interesting, compelling essays can be drawn from every corner of your life and the world in which you live.

Phillip Lopate – Build your narrator–yourself–into a fully fleshed-out character, giving your readers a clearer, more compelling idea of who is speaking and why they should listen.

Robin Hemley – Develop a narrative strategy for structuring your story and making it cohesive.

Carolyn Forche – Master the journalistic ethics of creative nonfiction.

Dinty W. Moore – Use satire, exaggeration, juxtaposition, and other forms of humor in creative nonfiction.

Philip Gerard – Understand the narrative stance–why and how an author should, or should not, enter into the story.

Through insightful prompts and exercises, these contributors help make the challenge of writing creative nonfiction–whether biography, true-life adventure, memoir, or narrative history–a welcome, rewarding endeavor.

You’ll also find an exciting, creative nonfiction “reader” comprising the final third of the book, featuring pieces from Barry Lopez, Annie Dillard, Beverly Lowry, Phillip Lopate, and more–selections so extraordinary, they will teach, delight, inspire, and entertain you for years to come!

Write Your Story @ the Union City Library

Join our senior library member Bruce Haase and write your memoir. Bruce is a life long reader, he now writes memoire-based, creative non-fiction. These are informal meetings to support each other and organize your thoughts for writing. Sharing is optional.

Meetings take place five Tuesdays:

January 21, February 4, 18, and March 4 & 18 1 — 3 p.m.

Please bring your pen & paper.

For more information: Bruce Haase                                       Email:ohnjca@comcast.net

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