Writing Nonfiction

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  • “I learned that there are so many kinds of nonfiction—and that it can almost feel like fiction. I loved the first example we read in class. It opened my mind to how I would like to tackle my writing.

    This was my first time writing for an assignment since high school, and I loved the challenge. I also began to learn what works for me regarding writing. For me, it was creating word bubbles of content…almost drawing it out in a loose, flowing outline, then free-flow writing from that outline.

    Listening to the Q&A at the end was really useful. I love the instructor’s style of teaching! She’s energetic, fun, and makes it a very welcoming, easy atmosphere. I was nervous about having my work shared, and wasn’t even sure I would be able to produce anything worthwhile! The instructor made it such a safe environment.”

    Erin, March 26, 2017

  • “I liked the pace and the structure of the class. We were able to discuss several examples of good writing within the limited timeframe and to understand the methods and “tricks” to writing them from scratch.

    I also liked the individual feedback we got on our pieces. It’s clear that, from now on, I’ll continue writing and reading in a more analytical way, breaking down a text to understand what about it ‘just works’. I’ll probably use the methods learned for writing case studies at work, as well.

    The atmosphere was what I liked most: laidback, positive, just a learning state of mind, with no judgment made on my skills. The instructor brought together the different skills in the room quite nicely. The instructor facilitated gracefully and skillfully—no small feat!”

    Armina, March 26, 2017

  • “Learning writing techniques—and the way other authors apply them—was an extremely important step for me. (I am much more familiar with academic writing.) In addition to the techniques, we heard a great deal of information that is relevant and useful to anyone wishing to adopt a writing routine. Above all, I learned to trust myself, to view my work with pride and curiosity instead of constantly being self-critical and judgmental.

    What I have liked best about the workshop was that it confirmed my deep interest in writing. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to be with other people, hearing their stories.”

    Daniella, March 26, 2017

  • “I learned we can and should use fiction writing techniques in nonfiction. This was surprising but also obvious to me. Duh. I’ll no longer write dry and boring pieces. It never occurred to me to use fiction techniques!

    “Learning interview techniques was really great. The title writing bit at the end was also really good and practical. Now, the process is less random.

    “What I liked best: seeing all the different ways everyone wrote their pieces. They were all so unique and interesting.”

    Li, March 26, 2017

  • “Thanks a lot for the energy, patience and wise advice this weekend. I found the whole experience extremely helpful and stimulating. I appreciated the instructor’s attentiveness to the class and the fact that she gave full attention to all the questions asked. She created a safe atmosphere for discussion.”

    Andy, March 26, 2017

  • “What’s most usable in my day-to-day writing life: the joy/energy/engagement of these two days. If you go for it, you can accomplish a lot in two days. I would like to keep this momentum.

    I had a lovely weekend, thank you for the care and attention.”

    Irma, March 26, 2017

  • “This workshop reinforced the need to be just as specific in nonfiction writing as in fiction—and to use fiction techniques across the board. The class also inspired me to write, write, write! I learned more about how to identify focus in my work, and how to avoid editing as I go.”

    Hedy, March 26, 2017

  • “I learned about resources for writing nonfiction narratives and studied how some master of nonfiction use those resources. On the one hand, the course helped me to understand what my strengths are and what areas I need work. On the other hand, the class broadened my understanding of point of view. Above all, the class has motivated me to continue producing.

    The workshop was a transformative experience as well as entertaining from beginning to end. Besides writing better than before I started it, I had a great time. The instructor has a special talent for combining teaching and entertainment. The pace of the workshop, the knowledge communicated, and the questions and comments on each of our texts—all of this was very constructive and relevant. I look forward to attending the next workshop.”

    Verónica, March 26, 2017