“Have you always wanted to write but are stumped by the way to tell your own story?” asks instructor Jennifer Lewis. “In this class, by exploring different types of creative nonfiction, including personal essay, memoir and autofiction, you will find the unique way to bring your story to life.”
In addition to course readings from authors like Maggie Nelson, Kiese Laymon and Ocean Vuong, class will be comprised of generative writing exercises and workshops. Students will learn how to combine real-world facts and personal anecdotes with literary elements such as character development, dialogue and scene.
Jennifer says, “In a playful manner, we will allow form to dictate content, and as Brenda Miller states, ‘By doing so, we get out of our own way; we bypass what our intellectual minds have already determined as ‘our story’ and instead become open and available to unexpected images, themes and memories.’”
In a safe and supportive environment, this class will expose you to the many ways your story can unfold, and it will open you up to the unexpected. Come see why creative nonfiction has become the most popular genre in the literary and publishing communities.
Jennifer Lewis is the editor of Red Light Lit. Her short story, “The New Low,” was the winner of The Bindle Award, forthcoming this fall in the Nomadic Press Journal. In June 2017, she was the first runner-up for the Los Angeles Review Creative Non-Fiction Award for her short story, “Holy Communion.” Her fiction has been published in Cosmonaut’s Avenue, Eleven Eleven, Fourteen Hills Press, and Midnight Breakfast. She received her MFA in creative writing from San Francisco State University in May 2015 and was the recipient of the Leo Litwak award for creative non-fiction in 2012 and for fiction in 2015.
- Monday, April 06, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Monday, April 20, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Monday, April 27, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Monday, May 04, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Monday, May 11, 7:00pm-9:30pm