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Nonfiction Workshop

NONFICTION WORKSHOP | July 16 – 26, 2018

Instructed by Tanis MacDonald

The application deadline for the 2018 Summer Nonfiction Workshop has passed.
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This course is designed for writers of creative nonfiction and memoir who have begun to publish in journals and want to go beyond the basics of the genre. Part workshop and part style incubator, in these sessions we will discuss ways to approach form, voice, and challenging material via the art of the particular. This course includes one-on-one meetings with the instructor and short lessons in freshening your approach and testing the limits of the genre.

A workshop for six participants who have acquired and moved beyond basic skills in short or long non-fiction. This workshop will focus on works in progress and will combine group discussion, writing time, and individual critiques. Publication in periodicals, journals, or in book form is considered an asset in the application process. However, publication is not a prerequisite for inclusion in this workshop. Applications will be assessed on the quality of submitted material. Workshops and colloquium in other genres occur simultaneously on-site. Application is open to writers 19 years of age and older from Canada and abroad.

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with Tanis MacDonald

Tanis MacDonald’s memoir in essays, Out of Line: Daring to be an Artist Outside the Big City, will be published by Wolsak and Wynn in Spring 2018. She is the co-editor (with Ariel Gordon and Rosanna Deerchild) of the multi-genre anthology GUSH: menstrual manifestos for our times (Frontenac House, 2018), and was a finalist for the Gabrielle Roy Prize for The Daughter’s Way (WLUP, 2012). Her creative nonfiction has appeared in Prairie Fire, Studies in Canadian Literature, Tessera, The New Quarterly, Hamilton Arts and Letters, on the website Hook & Eye, and in the anthologies Far and Wide: Essays from Across Canada (Pearson) and Far Villages: Welcome Essays for New and Beginner Writers (Black Lawrence Press). Tanis is also the author of three books of poetry with the fourth, Mobile, forthcoming with Book*hug Press in 2019. She has reviewed and written about feminism, reading, writing, film, and community organization since 1995. Currently Associate Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, she has taught a generation of creative writers across the country.

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