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Six Keys to Nonfiction Prose

Six weeks, six keys. Each week, we’ll explore one essential element of creative nonfiction: story arc, first-person narrator, strong characters, compelling theme, and inspiration to keep writing. Short readings by James Baldwin, Jo Ann Beard, Zora Neale Hurston, Annie Dillard, Rubén Martínez, Lucia Perillo, and Alice Walker will guide us. All nonfiction genres, from literary journalism to lyric essay, are welcome. We will spend roughly equal portions of our class time discussing the readings, reviewing elements of craft, and completing writing exercises. This is not a workshop.

No class Nov. 10.

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

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Instructor: Wendy Call

Class Type: 6 Sessions

Start Date: 10/29/2014

No Class On: 11/10/2014

End Date: 12/08/2014

Days of the Week: Monday

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT

Minimum Class Size: 10

Maximum Class Size: 18

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Wendy Call

Wendy Call is a recent writer-in-residence at a dozen locales, including national parks, universities, a public hospital, and Richard Hugo House. Her 2011 book No Word for Welcome won the 2011 Grub Street National Book Prize for Nonfiction.

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