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8-Week Online Nonfiction Workshop: Writing Memoir & Personal Essay for Publication, starts August 31, 2020
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8-Week Online Nonfiction Workshop: Writing Memoir & Personal Essay for Publication, starts August 31, 2020

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Begins Monday, August 31, 2020


The only rule of creative nonfiction is that it must be true, but how do we shape truth into a compelling read? Which parts of the story do we leave out? How do we create a through-line from something as big as a life? By examining the myriad questions faced by writers of nonfiction, this course will help you elevate your own stories, obsessions, and struggles into a cohesive manuscript.

Led by Literary Hub contributing editor and Best American Essays 2019 notable essayist James Tate Hill, each week the class will discuss assigned readings by Mary Karr, Phillip Lopate, and a variety of contemporary authors, focusing on the choices made in crafting experience into art. Class participants will turn in their own writing on two occasions, personal essays or memoir excerpts, and receive feedback from the instructor and fellow classmates. Due to sometimes sensitive subject matter, the tone of workshop discussions will be respectful and open minded. No prior creative nonfiction study or workshop experience is required.

NOTE: Students are required to purchase To Show and to Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction by Phillip Lopate and The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr.

  • Instructor: James Tate Hill

  • Class size limited to 9 writers

  • August 31, 2020 to October 19, 2020

  • Course is fully ONLINE; students can work according to their own schedule within weekly deadlines. Once you have enrolled the instructor will send you a link to our online classroom, provided via Wet Ink.

Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.

Instructor James Tate Hill is the author of Academy Gothic (Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2015), winner of the Nilsen Prize for a First Novel. His fiction and essays have appeared in Literary Hub, Prairie Schooner, Hobart, Story Quarterly, and Waxwing, among others. Best American Essays 2019 listed "Do Audiobooks Count As Reading?" from Literary Hub as a Notable Essay. He's the fiction editor for the literary journal Monkeybicycle and a contributing editor for Literary Hub, where he writes a monthly audiobooks column. Born in Charleston, West Virginia, he's a graduate of the writing programs at Hollins University and the University of North Carolina Greensboro. He lives in North Carolina with his wife..

Student Testimonials

“I took the online nonfiction class with James Tate Hill and I highly recommend it. It allowed me to savor in full the precision and mystery of writing essays. He is an exquisite mentor. The first story I submitted and revised in workshop has already been accepted by a Literary Magazine. I am thrilled I took this class.”

“James Tate Hill's 8-week online Writing Memoir and Personal Essay class was top-notch. His carefully-chosen and varied readings both inspired me to approach my own writing in a new way, and pushed me to go deeper, explore symbolism and find overarching themes--something I hadn't really done since grad school so many years ago. The participants had a wide range of writing abilities and life experiences, and yet J.T. expertly tailored his critiques to each of us, giving detailed, perceptive and constructive feedback to all of our submissions and comments. He also gave us practical and valuable information regarding submission and publication. I will likely be referring to the notes from this class for the rest of my writing career. J.T. and WWD provided us with a semester's worth (or more) of information, at a fraction of the price.”

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