Creative Nonfiction offers an opportunity to explore the choices you've made, whether life-changing moments or those little decisions that set us on a new course. Through this exploration, you come to a better understanding of yourself in relationship to others and how events from the past have affected the choices you make today.
In this 8-week course, you will expand your knowledge of what makes an essay stronger, more compelling, and more honest. We will read nonfiction across the board to examine craft and identify themes and societal conversations to which writers want to contribute their work. Throughout our time together, our goal as a group is to build skills through practice and feedback. We will read and discuss essays by authors including Leslie Jamison, Larissa Pham, Heather Christle, Zadie Smith, John Green, Annie Dillard, and more, considering a diverse array of literary forms to hone our prose. Together, we will form a community of thoughtful, constructive, and respectful writing peers, and we welcome participants that are new to creative nonfiction or those who are looking for a fresh approach to the genre.
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.
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Brittany Ackerman is a writer from Riverdale, New York. She earned her BA in English from Indiana University and graduated from Florida Atlantic University’s MFA program in Creative Writing. She has lead Personal Essay I & II at UCLA’s Extension program and will be joining Vanderbilt University's English Department in the Fall. She is a 2x Pushcart Prize Nominee and her work has been featured in Electric Literature, Jewish Book Council, Lit Hub, Entropy, The Los Angeles Review, No Tokens, Hobart, and more. Her first collection of essays entitled The Perpetual Motion Machine was published with Red Hen Press in 2018, and her debut novel The Brittanys is out now with Vintage. She currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Brittany is new to The Porch. Welcome!