Writing Creative Nonfiction: The I as the Eye
Facilitator: Jason Howard
Dates: August 19- September 13, 2019
Genre: Creative Nonfiction
Class Size: 10
This advanced level class is designed for writers with a firm grounding in the basics of creative nonfiction and personal writing. Over the course of four weeks, students will be given a succession of writing exercises designed to expand their skill and knowledge in areas of craft including narration and reflection, scenemaking, sense of place, characterization, speculation and imagination—all to help in creating works that, to paraphrase Rilke, have “arisen out of necessity.” Students will select one piece of writing to be critiqued by the class and instructor during a workshop. In addition to generating new work, we will also spend time reading. A good rule, I believe, is that one should read at the level one wishes to write. To that end, we will read and discuss several essays and memoir excerpts, considering how they might help to hone our craft.
Jason Howard is the author of A Few Honest Words and coauthor of Something’s Rising, both works of creative nonfiction. His essays, features and commentary have appeared in the New York Times, Salon, The Nation, Sojourners, Utne Reader, Lumina Journal, 1966: A Journal of Creative Nonfiction, and on NPR and C-SPAN’s Book TV. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and serves as editor of Appalachian Heritage, a literary quarterly based at Berea College, where he also teaches.