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.
This workshop will involve writing new work and is open to all levels.
About Bich Minh Nguyen
Bich Minh Nguyen (first name pronounced “Bic”) is the author of the memoir Stealing Buddha’s Dinner (Viking Penguin), which received the PEN/Jerard Award and was named a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the year; and the novel Short Girls (Viking Penguin), which received an American Book Award. Her next book, the novel Little Gray House in the West, is forthcoming. She received an MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan and currently teaches creative nonfiction and fiction writing in the MFA Program at Purdue University.