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Turning Ideas Into Essays and Other Nonfiction Forms

Oct 30
Oct 30
2 - 5 PM Central
Janisse Ray
Porch Headquarters, 2811 Dogwood Pl., Nashville, TN 37204
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If you’re like most writers, you jot great ideas in your journals and never return to them. We’re going to give these ideas some attention—that means pulling them from your notes, shaping them into wholes, and manuevering them out into the world. Please come to this class with three ideas you’d like to work with. (You’ll focus on one.) Mark the pages in your journal or bring your notes. We’re going to make a plan, write at least one scene, and then start to craft. We’ll be talking about storymaps, narrative arcs, a driving line, and lures. You’ll take away five great ways to avoid the curses of narrative. Because this will be a fast-paced & results-oriented workshop, come prepared to write. You’ll be surprised at what you can do in three hours. Your ideas deserve a fighting chance.

Note: This class is scheduled to take place in-person at Porch HQ. You must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate, and we will enroll a maximum of 8 participants. Masks are not required at this time, though we will revisit this policy as needed. Check our website and this listing for details before you attend class.

Janisse Ray is a writer whose subject is often nature. Her first book, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, was named a New York Times Notable Book and the Book All Georgians Should Read. She has published seven other books. Her collection of essays, Wild Spectacle, is forthcoming from Trinity University Press in October 2021. Ray has won a Pushcart Prize, an American Book Award, and a Southern Environmental Law Center Writing Award, among others. She lives on an organic farm inland from Savannah, Georgia.

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