This workshop will explore the many possibilities of creative nonfiction, an “equal opportunity” genre suited to poets and fiction writers alike. After locating our subject(s) or series of linked ideas, we will talk about how best to shape our work. Since structure tends to be a major consideration in this genre, we’ll look at how using segmentation, “braiding,” and “mosaics” (in which separate memories, meditations, observations, and images work separately yet together toward an accumulated whole) can sustain and guide our voices and creative projects. For those participants interested in or already underway with longer projects, we can also go over strategies for developing and structuring book-length manuscripts. We will discuss some of the main elements of creative nonfiction, such as narrative, voice, language, and metaphor. We will also talk about memory, subjectivity, and perspective, and how to turn our experiences and ideas into beautiful and meaningful prose.
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This workshop will involve writing new work and is open to all levels.
About Beverly Lowry
Beverly Lowry is the author of Crossed Over, a nonfiction memoir about the murder committed by Karla Faye Tucker in Texas, as well as biographies of Madam C.J. Walker and Harriet Tubman. She has also written several books of fiction including The Track of Real Desires: A Novel, Breaking Gentle, The Perfect Sonya, Daddy’s Girl, Emma Blue, and Come Back, Lolly Ray. Her short stories have appeared in the Boston Globe, Playgirl, the Mississippi Review, Redbook, Houston City Magazine, and the Texas Humanist. Her essays, profiles, and book reviews have been published in the New Yorker, New York Times, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Granta, and many other journals. Lowry has received awards from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Black Warrior Review, the Texas Institute of Letters, and the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. She received her bachelor of arts from Memphis State University in 1960 and has taught at the University of Houston, the University of Montana, and the University of Alabama. She currently teaches at the University of Houston at Victoria and lives in Austin. Her newest work of nonfiction, Four Girls, Austin and the Yogurt Shop Murders, is scheduled for publication in 2014.