Thursday, May 15, 2014

U of T summer course in narrative nonfiction. . .

First, the good news. We're almost two months from starting (July 7) and my narrative nonfiction course (aka creative nonfiction) is more than half full. That is also the bad news, if you're still weighing options. BUT: more good news! For the first time ever, I believe, U of T is offering a $50 discount for early-bird registration. Maybe that is why things are moving early? Anyway, you can click here for

Course Detail. Yes, I ask for brief submissions (up to 1,500 words) so we can hit the ground running. To the right, that's the official "me." Below, a nutshell description. Hey, we have a good time. Hope to see you in July? . . .

Some of the most exciting writing today is found in Narrative Non-Fiction, an emerging genre in which writers apply narrative strategies and techniques to factual material. This course will orient writers within the genre, which includes both personal streams (memoir, autobiography, travelogue) and impersonal ones (true-crime writing, biography, immersion reporting). It will include lectures, discussions, craft exercises and workshopping student writing.
Early Bird fee $649 until June 7, $699 thereafter.  Please register first before submitting material.  Please submit a story--maximum 1,500 words, double-spaced by June 7: scs.writing@utoronto.ca  Please note that all students will be emailed each other's work before the start of the course.
Required Textbook: The Art of Fact: A Historical Anthology of Literary Journalism by Kevin Kerrane and Ben Yagoda, ISBN-13: 978-0684846309--available at the U of T Bookstore

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