2015 Workshop Description

Creative Nonfiction — Shaping Your Life and Learning for the Page

Instructor: Sheila Bender

We write memoir and other forms of creative nonfiction to explore meaning in our human experiences and observations. To do this and gain insight, we must not only relive our experiences as we write them, but also shape these experiences for the page. What to include? What to leave out? Where to start and where to end?

Together, we'll experiment with and evaluate many strategies for generating and shaping work in ways that help to arrive at the deepest and most vivid levels of our writing. As Emily Dickinson famously advises, Tell all the truth but tell it slant—.

Join this workshop to start new work, to get unstuck on older work and to gain skills needed to revise toward insight.