Creative Nonfiction 1: Foundations

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Creative Nonfiction 1: Foundations

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The difference between a mildly interesting story and one that goes deep into a reader’s heart and mind is largely a matter of craft. Even the most compelling real-life material won’t grab an audience if it isn’t shaped and presented with skill. In this class, we’ll survey the major forms of creative nonfiction, including memoir, narrative reportage, and the essay, and we’ll take a close look at story structure and voice. The primary emphasis of the class, however, will be on helping you generate and refine your own work through weekly prompts and group discussion. Whether you are just beginning to explore your material or already have a book manuscript in progress, this course will provide you with guidance, encouragement, and detailed feedback. This class is for you if you love writing from your own life, are working on or towards a memoir, want to explore the many joys and diverse structures available to you in the personal essay, or just know you have some great true material to put down in writing.

  • Instructor: Yurina Ko

  • Length of workshop: 8 Weeks

  • Date: Mondays, Oct. 1 - Nov. 19

  • Time: 7 - 9 pm

  • Location: Atmalogy
    2320 West End
    Nashville, TN 37203

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About the Instructor: Yurina Ko is a writer, editor, and writing instructor who moved to Nashville in 2017 after ten years of living in NYC. She received her BA in philosophy from Barnard College and MFA in fiction from Columbia University, where she taught undergraduate writing. She also worked in book publishing in both editorial and publicity departments. Her writing has appeared in The New Inquiry, among others. To learn more, visit