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Jacqueline Doyle: Looking Sideways (September 17-19)


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LOOKING SIDEWAYS: Oblique Approaches to Generating and Focusing Your Flash Nonfiction

Brenda Miller and Suzanne Paola take the title of their creative nonfiction textbook from Emily Dickinson: “Tell the truth but tell it slant.” In this prompt-based weekend workshop, you will generate new creative nonfiction flash by looking sideways at the past and telling it slant. We’ll use exercises, objects, clothing, and photographs to access what you’ve forgotten, and new forms to approach what you remember well but can’t seem to write. This workshop is for writers who are stuck, for writers who feel they have no life experiences worth writing about, for writers who feel they don’t remember enough to write nonfiction, and also for writers who feel they remember too much to write flash. This is for writers at all levels, including flash fiction writers looking for resonant material. Surprise yourself with memories you didn’t know you had, and forms you haven’t tried before.

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