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Adding Dimensions to Creative Nonfiction

with Tamara Dean

Genres: Nonfiction, Memoir, Essay


Open to all levels

6 Sessions

Start Date: April 16, 2023
End Date: May 21, 2023
Day of Week: Sunday
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
Member Price: $274.50
General Price: $305.00

Powerful essays and memoirs stretch beyond the lives and events they depict. In this workshop, we'll explore several techniques for expanding the dimensions of creative nonfiction, including speculation, research, structural invention, and stylistic innovation. We'll read examples of these techniques in works from authors such as Jo Ann Beard, Ross Gay, Maxine Hong Kingston, Claudia Rankine, and Jesmyn Ward. Students are asked to bring the draft of an essay, memoir excerpt, or hybrid piece on which to work.

Registration dates:

March 13: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

March 14: Member registration opens

March 21: General registration opens

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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