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.
Ali Bryan’s creative nonfiction has twice longlisted for the CBC Nonfiction Prize, twice shortlisted for the Alberta Literary Awards Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Prize and was recently featured in Wordfest’s Literary Death Match.