Finding Your Form in Nonfiction
Formal constraints aren't just arbitrary rules that give writing shape and rhythm. They're restrictions that can set our writing free. When we're struggling to begin a work of nonfiction, how do we find the right form? How can formal constraints guide us toward the fullest expression of our art? We'll read a lot and discover how other writers make and break forms. We'll "try on" forms we admire. Then we'll invent our own.
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Kate Lebo’s writing is anthologized in Best American Essays 2015 and her first collection of nonfiction, The Book of Difficult Fruit, was published by FSG in Spring 2021. She’s the author of Pie School and co-editor (with Samuel Ligon) of Pie & Whiskey.