This class is designed for those who have already taken Foundations of Creative Nonfiction at The Porch, or a similar nonfiction workshop elsewhere. Please reach out to us if you are unsure as to whether this class is a fit for you.
During these 8 weeks, we will discuss various essays and memoirs that will help you further pinpoint what kind of nonfiction writer you want to be. Who is your intended audience? What kind of structure best serves the story you want to tell? What habits can you maintain in order to complete your project? These are just some of the big questions we will tackle together. In each class, we will write, read, and discuss a text, and workshop our respective projects.
Yurina Yoshikawa holds a BA in philosophy from Barnard College and an MFA in fiction from Columbia University, where she taught undergraduate writing. She worked in the book publishing industry in New York City for several years before moving to Nashville with her husband in 2017. Her writing has appeared in The Pinch, The New Inquiry, Hyphen, Chapter 16, and others. She was a 2019-2020 OZ Art Wire Fellow, the winner of the 2020 True Tennessee Stories Contest, and the runner-up in the 2020 Pinch Awards for Fiction. For more information, visit www.yurinayoshikawa.com.
“Yurina is an excellent teacher who put a lot of effort into designing the class for all the students, no matter what their writing level coming to her.”
“Yurina was a remarkably gifted and effective teacher. I loved how she gave us plenty of reading, even with no expectations that we would read it. And she made great use of our time in class as it was a good balance of instruction, free writing and workshop. Yurina rocks.”
“Yurina was an absolute delight. She was a blessing to my writing by making me feel re-invigorated and enthusiastic. I have a lot more confidence in tackling my piece now that I've had the benefit of Yurina's wisdom. Besides having extraordinary qualifications she is a gifted teacher and a kind generous human being. I'm honored to know her.”