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Writing and Revising Narrative Nonfiction 2018 | May 7 – May 12, 2018

Learn narrative nonfiction storytelling skills and get the feedback you need to complete your revision.

A writer of narrative nonfiction must work with both head and heart. Whether you’re writing a 1,200-word picture book, a 35,000-word middle grade, or a 65,000-word book for young adults, you need to carefully research to gather information and then assess its accuracy and relevance in order to create a compelling, true story.

But how do you find the ‘core’ of your story amid all the details your research has uncovered? How do you shine a spotlight on the main idea? How do you truthfully develop the characters and themes driving the narrative, crafting a story that readers will think about long after they close the pages of your book? That takes revision—often, lots of it.

At this workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to dig deeply into your revision through:

  • Faculty seminars on scene-building, research, revision techniques, visuals, and back matter
  • Two one-on-one critiques with your faculty mentor
  • Faculty-led discussions of student-generated topics
  • Ample time between sessions to work on your manuscript

You’ll work hard—but in a supportive environment. And you’ll return home with stronger narrative nonfiction storytelling skills and the feedback you need to complete your revision.

Please note: application deadline is February 28, 2018. With your application, you’ll submit EITHER a picture book manuscript OR an outline (can be rough or detailed) plus 10 double-spaced pages of the longer narrative. Decisions will be made after the application deadline and further submission details will come with acceptance letter.

Faculty blog posts:
Barbara Kerley: Theme in Narrative Nonfiction
Deborah Heiligman: Writing for Yourself and the Reader

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