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Writing Down the World
“Creative nonfiction” is often conflated with memoirs and other first-person narratives, but the possibilities of the genre are much broader than that. Curious beings that we are, we often find ourselves yearning to write personally and brilliantly about places, people and events that we will never experience firsthand — things that happened long ago and far away or that lie beyond the scope of human consciousness. These realities are only accessible to us through research, reflection and imagination. In this wide-ranging seminar, we will explore techniques and strategies for writing authoritative nonfiction that incorporates factual, research-based information with creativity, daring and flair. Participants will be asked to provide a brief summary of their own nonfiction work-in-progress in advance of the class, to guide the presenter in shaping the session.
Candace Savage is the multi-award-winning author of more than two dozen nonfiction books including Strangers in the House, A Geography of Blood and Prairie:a natural history. Forthcoming projects include a picture book, Always Beginning: the story of the universe from the Big Bang to you and a “middle reader,” Oki’s World: the life of a wild crow. In addition, she curates This Singing Land kanikamot askiy, an online anthology of writing inspired by the prairie.
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