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True, False, Other: Breaking the Rules in Nonfiction and Realistic Fiction

Intermediate | Are you a storyteller working in prose with a personal or reality-based project that feels constrained by the requirements of factual vs. fictional storytelling? Do you dream of crossing over, combining, blending, seeing what happens if you allow a well-in-hand muse to go wild, even to the point of absurdity? In this class, using published examples of literary experiments and guided excursions in our own creative work, we will review the behaviors typically expected of creative nonfiction, realistic fiction, and researched narratives. After acknowledging the usefulness of those conventions, we’ll blow it all up, exploring both fruitful and disastrous ways to leap out of bounds and break the rules as we turn life into literature and fact into art.

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: Bonnie J. Rough

Class Type: 8 Sessions

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Start Date: 01/19/2021

No Class On: 2/16/2021

End Date: 03/16/2021

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Bonnie J. Rough

Bonnie J. Rough is an award-wining author, essayist, and journalist who loves the writing classroom, whether as student, mentor, or both at once. Her latest book is Beyond Birds and Bees: Bringing Home a New Message to Our Kids about Sex, Love, and Equality (Seal Press 2018). She has written recently for the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Cut, Washington Post, Slate, and many other outlets. Her previous two books, Carrier: Untangling the Danger in My DNA (winner of a Minnesota Book Award) and The Girls, Alone: Six Days in Estonia (named one of Amazon's Best Kindle Singles), are literary memoirs. Rough earned her MFA from the University of Iowa in 2005. She has taught in various writing programs including the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and as faculty for the Ashland University low-residency MFA program. She has been the recipient of numerous grants, fellowships, and awards, with her creative work appearing in anthologies and publications including the Best American series, Modern Love, The Sun magazine, Brain, Child, the Seattle Review of Books, and dozens of other literary journals and magazines.

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