Creative Nonfiction Workshop
Writing workshop in New Jersey
January 15-18, 2016
Led by Amanda Morris
Creative nonfiction has been called “the music of what happened” (Blake Morrison) and “the hum of perpetual noticing” (Cynthia Ozick). It starts with writing many small moments—a childhood memory, a dream, an image from the TV news, a funny remark overheard, even a stubbed toe. In this workshop, we’ll do exercises to evoke moments that might become stories. We’ll practice strategies that draw readers in. As we share material generated in class, we’ll look for narrative potential and implicit themes and discuss ways of turning these pieces into larger works such as memoirs, humor essays, travel stories, or contemplative essays.
*Limited to just 10 participants.*
“Thanks for a great weekend. My essay evolved into something wonderful. I couldn’t have done it without my workshop. I’ll be back.”
~ Margaret, Creative Nonfiction Participant
Amanda Morris, Ph.D., is a writer, scholar, adventurer and traveler who has lived in Pennsylvania and Alabama and is working on visiting all 50 states (she’s currently achieved 41). She teaches writing and rhetoric at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, loves teaching students creative nonfiction and Indigenous Rhetorics, and recently spent three years as the University Writing Center Director. Her academic writing can be found in Rhetoric Review, Epiphany, WSQ, Journal of American Culture, South Atlantic Review and The Literary Encyclopedia. In her pre-academic life, Amanda spent a decade as a journalist with extensive and varied publication experience, and another decade as a media buyer for various advertising agencies. Amanda spends her free time cooking, fishing, gardening and dreaming up new writing projects to tackle. Fun fact: Amanda finished her doctorate in four years, defending her dissertation on her 40th birthday, thus proving that you are never too old to go back to school. Amanda’s professional home on the web has writing tips, writing prompts and more information about her: amandamorrisphd.com. Read her essay “Learning my Place from Nature’s Graveyard,” originally published in Garden Rant.