The Craft of Nonfiction

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Marion Winik
Week 10: August 11 to August 16
ORIENTATION: August 11, 6:00-7:30 PM
WORKSHOP: August 12-16, 1-4pm
Discipline: Nonfiction/Memoir
Open to All

On-site Housing Not Available
Workshop Description 

This workshop offers an opportunity for creative nonfiction writers (memoirists and personal essayists) to get feedback on existing work, start new pieces and plan revisions. The first part of the week will be devoted to workshop-style discussion of submitted manuscripts. Mid-week, we will begin two major generative exercises that will take us through the end of the week, one of which draws inspiration from the seaside environment. Our class discussions will touch on persona, self-implication, ethics, the roles of imagination and research, the business of writing and any other questions students have.


Please submit a single essay or section of a larger piece (2,000 words max, double-spaced, 12pt font) to Dawn Walsh at by July 26. Your work will then be distributed to the group to read prior to the workshop.


Longtime All Things Considered commentator Marion Winik is the author of The Baltimore Book of the Dead, First Comes Love and eight other books. Her award-winning column on appears monthly, and her essays have been published in The New York Times, The Sun and elsewhere. She is the host of The Weekly Reader podcast and reviews books for Newsday, People, and Kirkus Review. She teaches at the University of Baltimore.