Creative Nonfiction II
Genres: Nonfiction, Memoir, Essay
Lucia Berlin beautifully encapsulated writing from life: "I exaggerate a lot […], but I don’t ever lie." This course will investigate nonfiction strategies and narrative structures—including lists, profiles, braids, and epistolaries—exploring what it means to "exaggerate" without "lying." The course will feature weekly exercises and reading discussions, including work by Ocean Vuong, Dao Strom, and Aimee Nezhukumatathil. Each student will have two workshops, with written responses from their peers and the instructor.
This class builds upon Creative Nonfiction I, though Creative Nonfiction I is not a prerequisite. We encourage students to opt into classes at the level that is right for them.
ADDITIONAL CLASS DETAILS:
- This class includes:
- Generative Writing: students create new work during class or from assignments.
- Workshop: students submit work for critique from the teacher and class.
- Craft Discussion: teachers and students explore essential elements of the craft.
- Reading: class engages in close study of one or more works.
- Feedback in class: Both peer and instructor feedback given.
- Work outside of class: 4+ hours of writing or reading outside of class.
- December 4: Scholarship Donation Day
- December 5: Member registration opens at 10:30 am PT
- December 12: General registration opens at 10:30 am PT
- December 18: Last day of Early Bird pricing
Meghan Lamb is the author of COWARD, Failure to Thrive, All of Your Most Private Places, and Silk Flowers. She is a lecturer at the University of Chicago and the nonfiction editor of Nat. Brut, a Whiting Award-winning journal. Go to http://meghanlamb.com/ for more information.
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Class sessions may be recorded if a session falls on a holiday, or if a student has access needs. Class recordings are not guaranteed.
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Classes may be cancelled if less than 5 students are enrolled within 10 days before the class start date. If for any reason Hugo House needs to cancel a class, students can choose between a full credit or full refund.
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