Summer Workshop Program 2023
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In this workshop we will engage in creative nonfiction with an eye to its shape shifting possibilities. We will read a lyric essay, a braided essay, a traditional essay, and a couple of memoirs. By examining the possibility of styles that the genre presents, we empower ourselves as writers. Students will generate work and receive feedback from the instructor. The only requirement is to come ready to engage in new forms.
By June 12, please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org a one-thousand word manuscript that highlights the writer’s voice in your favorite Creative Non Fiction sub-genre: lyric essay, memoir, personal essay, or journalism.
Deborah Jackson Taffa is the director of the MFA CW program at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. Winner of the PEN Jean Stein Grant, her memoir WHISKEY TENDER is forthcoming from HarperCollins Harper in 2023. A recipient of fellowships from MacDowell, Hedgebrook, Tin House, Public Space, Rona Jaffe, and the University of Iowa in Iowa City where she earned her MFA degree in Creative Writing, she is a citizen of the Quechan (Yuma) Nation and Laguna Pueblo. Her work can be found in the Boston Review, LARB, A Public Space, Salon, and elsewhere.