Finding the Truth: The Process of Discovery in Writing Creative Nonfiction
Saturday, July 27, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The creative nonfiction writer — whether a journalist, an essayist, or a memoirist — doesn't merely do the research on a subject and put it all down on the page. At the heart of good creative nonfiction is the spirit of discovery. Opening up complexity in the act of writing. Accepting the possibility of a new narrative that has previously gone unrecognized. At the heart of this process lie curiosity, honesty and compassion partnered with a deep hunger to pursue the hidden parts of a true story and an understanding of the fundamentals of good storytelling. In this one-day session, we will explore examples of memoir, personal essay and literary journalism in which creative nonfiction writers take the creative aspect seriously. We will discuss aspects of craft that elevate these works and the writers' openness to discovery. And we will do writing exercises that encourage the creative process of pushing past surface truths to deeper meaning in our own work. The instructor will provide reading materials.
The number of participants for this class is limited to 18.
Kathryn Eastburn is the author of two books of creative nonfiction and has worked as a journalist and personal essay columnist. She teaches creative nonfiction writing as a faculty member at Denver's Lighthouse Writers Workshop and is a visiting professor of journalism at The Colorado College. Her column, The Middle Distance, is broadcast weekly on public radio 91.5 KRCC. For more, visit www.kathryneastburn.com.