Adding Dimensions to Creative Nonfiction

with Tamara Dean

Genres: Nonfiction, Memoir, Essay


Open to all levels

6 Sessions

Start Date: April 18, 2024
End Date: May 23, 2024
Day of Week: Thursday
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
General Price: $386.00

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Powerful essays and memoirs stretch beyond the lives and events they depict. In this workshop, we'll experiment with several techniques for expanding the dimensions of creative nonfiction, including speculation, research, structural invention, and stylistic innovation. We'll read authors such as Jo Ann Beard, Annie Dillard, Ross Gay, Maxine Hong Kingston, Claudia Rankine, and many others. Students should bring the draft of an essay, memoir excerpt, or hybrid piece to work on.


Class format: 

  • Craft Discussion: teachers and students explore essential elements of the craft.
  • Reading: class engages in close study of one or more works.
  • Generative Writing: students create new work during class or from assignments.
  • No feedback given.
  • Optional writing or reading outside of class.


  • March 12: Member registration opens at 10:30 am PT 
  • March 19: General registration opens at 10:30 am PT 
  • March 25: Last day of Early Bird pricing

This class is not eligible for a member discount. Learn more here »

Tamara Dean

Tamara Dean


Tamara Dean is passionate about helping writers tell their stories. Her work has appeared in The American Scholar, Creative Nonfiction, The Guardian, Orion, Seneca Review, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. She's also the author of The Human-Powered Home. More at

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