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Ten Keys to Nonfiction Prose

Ten weeks, ten keys. Each week, we’ll explore one essential element of creative nonfiction: story arc, research strategies, first-person narrator, sense of place, strong characters and scenes and dialogue, compelling theme, self-editing, and that elusive thing called “style.” Short readings by master writers ranging from Aristotle to Alexandra Fuller to Alice Walker will guide our work. All nonfiction genres, from literary journalism to lyric essay, are welcome. Each class session includes discussion of readings and techniques, as well as in-class and take-home writing exercises. This is not a workshop; we won’t share or critique our writing.

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

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Instructor: Wendy Call

Class Type: 10 Sessions

Start Date: 01/13/2015

End Date: 03/17/2015

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM PST

Minimum Class Size: 10

Maximum Class Size: 18

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Wendy Call

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.

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