Writing Nonfiction

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  • During the Writing Nonfiction workshop, I learned effective strategies for kick-starting the writing processso often the most challenging moment for writers. There were also so many insightful conversations about genre-fluidity, the concept of truth, and the writer’s call to compose their piece. The workshop afforded me the space to discover refreshing aspects of my own creative process as a writer.”

    Arielle, November 28, 2022

  • “Perhaps most salient here (in the Writing Nonfiction workshop) was understanding the process and the method. That approaching a work of nonfiction doesn’t necessarily have to be different from fiction. Rather than creating characters, we study them. Instead of building a world, we live it, examine it and paint it with words.

    This workshop helped me to push the boundaries of what I know of writingand of myself as a writer. I learned where to begin the exploration of writing a work of truth, but with flair and story.”

    Matt B, November 27, 2022

  • “After taking the Writing Nonfiction workshop, I learned to have more faith in myself and my skills. This workshop helped me to understand the journey from idea, to prompt, to draft(s), to the final result. Writing seems a lot less scary and intimidating now. It was a positive and encouraging space, and it helped improve my attitude towards my own work.

    I learned a lot about about free-writing, about the importance of the draft system, and unexpectedly, I learned a great deal about publishing. I realized that writing is a very accessible way of being creative, and it’s a great way to connect with people.”

    Cenia, November 27, 2022

  • “The Writing Nonfiction workshop taught me that I can write about anything, and that I can explore many genres and personal feelings.”

    Mel, November 27, 2022

  • “As someone coming to writing from a different field, I rarely get to hear about writing techniques intended to jumpstart my writing. This workshop taught me not focus too much on what I think/imagine writing is supposed to be. It was a really cool group, and the presenter was extremely helpful.”

    Stefano, November 27, 2022

  • “What did I learn at this workshop?

      • The myriad ways of approaching nonfiction writing. Almost anything can be your subject, so long as you have a passion for it
      • Research can be in an archive or on google (but definitely not just on google) or it can be hanging out and getting the feel for a place or person. I love the idea of anecdotal (mother-in-law_ research
      • Interviewing should never be cross-examination
      • ledes’  – click on that, you’ll love it

    [This workshop] also reminded me of the joy of being given—and giving myself—permission to free-write.”

    Richard, March 20, 2021

  • “[The instructor’s] style was encouraging. I learned that there are different sources and means for research, and different genres of nonfiction. I learned how different texts are analyzed. I didn’t know what I would write and then my piece surprised me. The analysis of my writing was revealing.”

    Ingrid, March 20, 2021

  • “I learned to read and analyze a nonfiction piece from a technical perspective. This gave me a lot of understanding of the do’s and don’ts when writing a nonfiction piece myself. [The instructor] helped me get a sense of what the reader would like to know more about in my own writing, and what could be ‘skipped.’ The way the workshop was conducted was very encouraging and informative.”

    Tanushree, March 20, 2021