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: Veronica Kavass

  • Length of workshop: 8 weeks

  • Date: Wednesdays, Jan. 16 - Mar. 6

  • Time: 7 - 9 pm

  • Location: Porch HQ
    2811 Dogwood Pl.
    Nashville, TN 37204

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About the Instructor: Veronica Kavass was born and (mostly) raised in Nashville. She's the author of Artists in Love: From Picasso & Gilot to Christo & Jeanne Claude and the oral historian for the The Last Good War: Faces and Voices of WWII. She received her MFA in creative writing from University of Minnesota. Though she repeatedly tries to run away, Nashville keeps pulling her back into its grips. She works as an criminal defense investigator and is currently finishing a collection of essays about Nashville's immigrant history.