November 5, 2019–December 17, 2019
6 p.m.–8 p.m.
The Loft Presents If: What If: Making the Unbelievable Believable in Creative Nonfiction
Personal essay and memoir are the cornerstones of creative nonfiction and are, by definition, concerned with telling the truth. But what if your story doesn't sound believable? What if your life events appear implausible? What if your truth doesn't look like other people's truth?
Through readings, discussion, and writing exercises, this class will explore ways to tell your story while still adhering to the norms of creative nonfiction. We will look at selections by Pablo Neruda and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, as well as more contemporary examples from authors such as Lidia Yuknavitch. We will play with scene, language, point of view, and other techniques to give the reader space in which to understand your truth--even if they don't believe it.
$5 copy fee. No class 11/26.