14S114M When Art Imitates Life: Workshop Writing Creative Non-Fiction
Location: Hanover Senior/Community Center
Room: Room 215
Thursday, May 01, 2014 (one day)
Meets 9:30 AM-1:30 PM EDT
Status: This course is completed
Creative non-fiction has been defined as that branch of writing which uses literary techniques and artistic vision (like fiction or poetry does) to report on real people/events. It can include such works as essays, autobiography, journalism, and dramatic, true stories that use scenes, dialogue, detailed descriptions and other techniques usually employed by poets and fiction writers. A relatively recently recognized “genre” that involves writing from personal experience and/or reporting on other people’s experiences, effective creative non-fiction entices the reader with all the force of a good short story. We will reflect on examples before crafting our own work and sharing it on a voluntary basis. Bring pen, paper, experience and enthusiasm!
No required textbook.
Instructor -- Elayne Clift
is a writer, journalist, workshop leader and lecturer. She is senior correspondent for the news syndicate Women’s Feature Service, a regular contributor to Women’s Media Center, Vermont Woman and Vermont Magazine, a columnist for the Keene (NH) Sentinel and the Brattleboro Commons, and reviewer for the NY Journal of Books. She published her novel Hester’s Daughters, based on The Scarlet Letter, in 2012. In 2014 she won first prize/fiction for her short story collection Children of the Chalet, published by Greyden Press. She lives in Saxtons River, Vt. (elayne-clift.squarespace.com)