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-session 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.
Please email hello@Thereaderberlin.com to sign up.
The course runs over seven sessions.
SUSANNA FORREST is the author of two critically acclaimed nonfiction titles that incorporate history, travel, memoir and reportage. Her latest, The Age of the Horse, is published by Atlantic Books in the UK and Australia, Atlantic Monthly Press in the USA and Hara Shobo in Japan. Described as “outstanding” (The Times) and a “work of art” (Booklist), its been an Amazon best-seller in the UK and Australia.
She’s written for the New York Times, Atlantic, Literary Hub, the Guardian, Telegraph, Times and others, and got her first break editing and commissioning writers at the Erotic Review magazine. In 2016 she won the Sophie Coe Prize for an essay on food history.
“I signed up for Susanna Forrest’s Creative Nonfiction course because I wanted to find a way into writing for fun again and, luckily, it was exactly what I needed. I found the sessions really valuable and inspiring. Each meeting was so well-structured and planned and the reading materials Susanna shared with the group were always varied and thought-provoking. I would definitely recommend the course to anyone who’s keen to explore the art of writing creative nonfiction.” – Anna-Marie Fitzgerald