Go Public: A Personal Essay Workshop Class
Writing short creative nonfiction? Have a personal essay that needs critiquing? Whether you’ve written about your failed rhinoplasty, your first kiss, your father’s hat, potatoes, grief, endangered wolverines or the time you crossed the English Channel in a dinghy, go public.
This class is designed for intermediate to advanced writers looking to polish a personal essay for submission to a literary magazine or CNF contest. Limited to 8 students, participants will workshop 1-2 essays over the 5-week period. Elements of craft as they pertain to creative nonfiction will be discussed and considered in critiquing each piece. Knowledge of craft and critiquing experience will contribute to success in this class.
Ali Bryan is an award-winning novelist and creative nonfiction writer. Her first novel Roost (Freehand, 2013) won the Alberta Literary Awards Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction and her second novel, The Figgs, 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.