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You’re Making a Scene! Creating Scenes in Nonfiction

It’s no wonder we use this phrase when someone “grabs attention.” Even if scenes are quiet, nonfiction must possess the urgency of a novel. Using established writers’ work, we will learn how scenes engage the reader and why they serve a larger narrative arc. We’ll tackle dialogue, address precise description, and wrestle with metaphor. Each participant will leave with at least one new scene to build their story. Applicable to essayists, memoirists, and all working on literary nonfiction.

Instructor: Christine Hemp

Class Type: 2 Sessions

Start Date: 04/25/2015

End Date: 04/26/2015

Days of the Week: Saturday, Sunday

Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Christine Hemp

Christine Hemp has aired her work on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and has performed in theater, music, and with her writing. Her literary awards include a Harvard University Conway Award for Teaching Writing, a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship for Literature, an Iowa Review Award for Literary Nonfiction, and a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship for literature. Her collection of poems That Fall was published in 2011. She teaches nonfiction and poetry at the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival.

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