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We’ll hone fifteen tools for improving the lyric and narrative qualities of our prose, drawn from my anthology Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers’ Guide. This workshop offers strategies for facing the blank page, sharpening your sentences, and seeing a long writing project through to completion. We’ll spend equal portions of our time completing writing exercises and considering examples from master word-workers: Sandra Cisneros, Elizabeth Gilbert, Stephen Kuusisto, George Orwell, and Sei Shonagon.
Wendy Call is a recent writer-in-residence at a dozen locales, including national parks, universities, a public hospital, and Richard Hugo House. Her 2011 book No Word for Welcome won the 2011 Grub Street National Book Prize for Nonfiction.
Photo by Brian Weiss