Does your blog need a boost? Would you like to complete a memoir or pitch an essay? Creative nonfiction has become a dynamic, wide-ranging form that demands its own space at the literary table. Essays and long-form pieces blur memoir, travel, reportage and commentary. Food writing gets mixed up in social history. Nature writing combines science, descriptive lyricism and cultural studies. This seven-week workshop provides a supportive space for writers of all levels to get a sense of the tremendous possibilities of nonfiction, whether they’re working on existing texts or looking for fresh ideas. We’ll give close feedback, explore texts from a wide range of writers and try out creative exercises. We’ll discuss the ethics and intricacies of wrestling fact into narrative while crafting descriptions that are vivid but accurate.
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SUSANNA FORREST’s first book, If Wishes Were Horses, tackled the phenomenon of horse-crazy girls. It was acclaimed as “richly evocative” (The Guardian), “Delicious” (Melanie Reid, The Times), “lyrical” (Sunday Telegraph) and “delightful and exhaustively researched” (TLS). Her second, The Age of the Horse, is a “five star” (Sunday Telegraph) “powerful, passionate book” (Sunday Times) that’s “original, cerebral and from the heart” (Times). She’s written for the New York Times, Guardian, Telegraph, Times and others, and got her first break editing and commissioning writers like Michel Faber, DBC Pierre and Sarah Hall at the Erotic Review magazine. She won the Sophie Coe prize for writing on food history in 2016 and will be a Hawthornden Fellow in 2017.