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Writers Workshops

Creative Nonfiction – Online 2021-204

Course #2021-204
Tuesdays Starting April 20 6:30 pm–8:30 pm running 6 weeks
Cost: $240 Instructor: Adele Williams

Please note that this is an online workshop conducted via Zoom. Participants will be provided information on how to join the online sessions.

Putting the “I” back into “fiction”

“Full disclosure, this is my favorite workshop to teach, and I believe you may be surprised by the genre-bending potential of creative nonfiction.” – Adele Williams

What even is creative nonfiction?! Essay? Memoir? Lyrical storytelling? And, what is the creative bit? In this six-week workshop we will read varying styles of creative nonfiction focusing on perspective and form. Additionally and most importantly, you will generate your own works of creative nonfiction employing various forms and styles, all within this inclusive and often hybridized genre.

You may have heard either of these pieces of advice: “write what you know” and “write the unfamiliar,” but when it comes to nonfiction, both of those impulses are necessary. Through readings, discussion and writing prompts we will explore how to, as Lee Gutkind says about creative nonfiction, “employ techniques like scene, dialogue, and description, while allowing personal point of view and voice (reflection) rather than maintaining the sham of objectivity.” All in all, simultaneously telling our own stories while engaging politics, history, and/or poetics, to name a few, in order to deepen perspective.

This workshop is open to all writers, and no creative nonfiction experience is necessary. You need only to be prepared to read and generate work weekly in addition to providing thoughtful peer feedback.

About the instructor

ADELE ELISE WILLIAMS is a writer of poetry and nonfiction pursuing her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Houston where she is an Inprint Nina and Michael Zilkha Fellow. Adele has taught creative writing at Virginia Tech as well as various correctional facilities in the Southeast. She serves as Nonfiction Editor for Gulf Coast, and her work can be found or forthcoming in Bear Review, Tammy, Split Lip Magazine, The Adroit Journal, Quarterly West, SAND, Beloit Poetry Journal, and elsewhere.

Please note that online workshops are nonrefundable. By registering for an Inprint Writers Workshop you are agreeing to Inprint’s registration policies. If this workshop is full when you try to register, please sign up on the waiting list here so you receive priority registration the next time this class is offered. For details and a schedule of all the current workshop offerings, click here