ONLINE All the Feels: Crafting Contest-Worthy Short Creative Nonfiction
Everyone has a memory, or an anecdote from their past, whether it happened days ago or decades. That time your arm got trapped by a boulder and you had to cut it off or that other time when you watched a man and his pigeon stroll down Stephen Ave. Big or small, dramatic or comical, personal stories have the power to give the reader ‘all the feels.’ In this class, we will examine how the elements of fiction and storytelling – narrative arc, voice, setting, characterization, dialogue, detail – can be utilized to write compelling, contest-worthy short creative nonfiction with buzz. The end goal is for participants to submit to the CBC Nonfiction Prize (max word count 2000). In addition to studying craft, we’ll examine past winners and shortlisted works, and workshop and critique member essays/works in progress.
This is an interactive course using the Zoom web conferencing platform.
Ali Bryan is an award-winning novelist and creative nonfiction writer based in Calgary, Canada. Her first novel Roost (Freehand, 2013) won the Alberta Literary Awards Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction and was the official selection of One Book Nova Scotia 2014. Her second novel, The Figgs, was released in May 2018 and was short-listed for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. She twice long-listed for the CBC Canada Writes Creative Non-Fiction prize for her essays “Asshole Homemaker” and “Mints After The Meal.” “Mints After The Meal” was also shortlisted for the Alberta Literary Awards Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Award in 2015. “Let’s Talk” was nominated for the same prize in 2016. She is a Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards 2018 Emerging Artist recipient. Her short story The Big Man in Cargo Shorts was short-listed for the 2020 Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Fiction. Her debut YA novel, The Hill, will be released in the fall of 2020 from Dottir Press.