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Nonfiction Workshop


NONFICTION WORKSHOP | July 2 – 12, 2019

Instructed by Tanis MacDonald


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, was published by Wolsak and Wynn in 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, and Hamilton Arts and Letters, and in the anthologies Far and Wide (Pearson), Refuse (Book*hug), Against Death (Anvil Press), and Far Villages: Welcome Essays for New and Beginner Writers (Black Lawrence Press). Tanis is also the author of four books of poetry: the latest, Mobile, is forthcoming with Book*hug Press in Fall 2019. She won the Robert Kroetsch Teaching Award from the Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs in 2017. 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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