Gathering Creative Nonfiction: Short Forms
This writing workshop will explore short creative nonfiction prose forms, such as vignette, haibun, collage narrative, group portrait and flash biography, historic non-fiction vignettes, memoirs, essays, and unclassifiable things, with an eye toward gathering them into longer works. We will look to visual art and published work by world authors to inspire our own original work. Some of the authors to whom we might look for inspiration may include Sei Shonagon, Bernard Cooper, Michael Ondaatje, Julianna Spallholz,Claudia Rankine, Alan Chong Lau and others. Come to class ready to read and write, discuss and present your work. Bring a notebook and something to write with. Writers of all levels are welcome.
Rebecca Brown is a writer, visual artist and curator. Author a dozen books published in the US and abroad, Brown’s books include American Romances (City Lights, 2009, winner of the Publishing Triangle Award); The Last Time I Saw You, The End of Youth, The Dogs: A Modern Bestiary, Annie Oakley’s Girl and The Terrible Girls (all with City Lights) and The Gifts of the Body, (HarperCollins). Her Excerpts From a Family Medical Dictionary was published by Granta (UK), University of Wisconsin Press (USA) and Asahi Shimbun, Japan. Her altered texts and installations have been exhibited in the Frye Art Museum, Hedreen Gallery, Arizona Center for Poetry, and Simon Fraser Gallery (Vancouver, BC). She has been awarded a Stranger Genius Award, Boston Book Review Award, Pacific Northwest Booksellers ‘Award, Lambda Literary Award and (twice) the Washington State Book Award. She co-edited, with Robert Corbett, Experimental Theology (Seattle Research Institute, 2003), an anthology of responses to modern views of God and godlessness, and with Mary Jane Knecht of the Frye Art Museum, Looking Together: Writers on Art (University of Washington Press).
Brown wrote the libretto for The Onion Twins, a dance opera in collaboration with Better Biscuit Dance and has collaborated with numerous other dancers, musicians, theater, opera, film and visual artists. She has taught and lectured in the US and abroad and is currently Artist in Residence at University of Washington, Bothell, and on the MFA in writing faculty at Goddard College, Vermont.