Begins Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Great writing isn’t safe. Great writers take risks and reveal themselves through their most vulnerable experiences. For creative nonfiction writers looking to take their personal narratives to a deeper level, it’s important to tackle the tough topics and give words to the unspeakable parts of the human experience.
This class will help students find the courage and skills to stop self-censorship and craft compelling literature. Through a combination of readings, in-class exercises, and workshopping, students will leave with a completed draft of a piece that embodies risky and rewarding creative non-fiction.
What you’ll learn:
- How to identify risky or vulnerable topics and experience
- How to capture and craft a personal experience into a written piece
- Strategies for moving past fear when writing personal narratives
What you’ll write:
- A completed draft of an original piece
What you’ll read:
- Published examples of personal narratives
- Students will also attend a live storytelling performance for one of the class sessions
Who should attend?
- Adults 18 and over
- Intermediate and advanced writers
About the Instructor
Keith Ecker is a contributor to publications such as The Huffington Post, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Onion A.V. Club, ChicagoNow and the Chicago Theater Beat. He also has been active in Chicago’s thriving arts community as a performer and writer. He is a creator of the popular reading series Essay Fiesta and Guts & Glory. Visit him at www.keithecker.com.