The Craft of Nonfiction
This workshop offers an opportunity for creative nonfiction writers (memoirists and personal essayists) to get feedback on existing work, start new pieces and plan revisions. The first part of the week will be devoted to workshop-style discussion of submitted manuscripts. Mid-week, we will begin two major generative exercises that will take us through the end of the week, one of which draws inspiration from the seaside environment. Our class discussions will touch on persona, self-implication, ethics, the roles of imagination and research, the business of writing and any other questions students have.
Please submit a single essay or section of a larger piece (2,000 words max, double-spaced, 12pt font) to Dawn Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 26. Your work will then be distributed to the group to read prior to the workshop.
Marion Winik is the author of The Big Book of the Dead, winner of the Towson Prize for Literature, First Comes Love, a New York Times Notable selection, Highs in the Low Fifties and seven other books. She writes and illustrates an award-winning column at BaltimoreFishbowl.com and has published in The New York Times Magazine, The Sun, and many other places. A board member of the National Book Critics Circle, she reviews for People, Newsday, The Washington Post, Kirkus, and her own podcast, The Weekly Reader. She was a commentator on All Things Considered for fifteen years. Marion is a professor in the MFA program at the University of Baltimore and has taught writing workshops all over the world since the 1990s.