Instructor: Kate Meadows
4 Fridays, 9/26, 10/3, 10, 17
1 - 3 p.m.
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Open to all levels, good for beginnersThis four-week introductory class and writing workshop focuses on the basics of creative nonfiction and the art of effectively telling true stories. We will look at works by some of the genre's greats, including Lee Gutking (the "godfather of creative nonfiction") and Joan Didion, and discuss how and why creative nonfiction is a powerful form of storytelling. We will talk about what creative nonfiction is (telling a true story in a creative way using elements of fiction such as plot, setting, and character development) and what it isn't (using creative license to the point in which a true story is no longer true). Participants are encouraged (but not required) to bring a work-in-progress of up to 4,000 words to the first meeting. The first two sessions will consist of instruction, reading and writing time, in which participants can either work on a draft they bring themselves or on a new story inspired by a provided writing prompt. The third and fourth class sessions will take on more of a writers' workshop feel, where participants who wish will have an opportunity to receive feedback on their work from others in the class. All participants are encouraged to come with questions relating to the genre.
Kate Meadows’ essays and articles have appeared or are forthcoming in Writer’s Digest, Writer’s Market 2015, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Kansas City Parent and USAA Financial Magazine, among others. Her book, Tough Love: A Wyoming Childhood, was published by Pronghorn Press in 2012. She holds a BA in English from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, and an MFA in Professional Writing from Western Connecticut State University, where she concentrated her studies on creative nonfiction and journalism. She lives in Louisburg with her husband and two sons. Learn more at www.katemeadows.com.