IN PERSON All The Feels: Creating Contest-Worthy Short Creative Non-Fiction
Genre guru, Lee Gutkind, describes creative nonfiction simply as “true stories well told,” while essayist, Vivian Gornick says the persona you create “is the one who has the wherewithal to rescue experience from chaos and turn it into art.” In this six-week course, we’ll breakdown CNF craft, explore form, truth and memory, fact vs. fiction, personal vs. public, research, specificity, writing in scene, cause & effect, details, story frame and structure, opening lines, beginnings and endings. The end goal is for participants to write a piece of compelling, contest-worthy short creative nonfiction with buzz. Please note, this class includes a critiquing component in weeks five and six.
This class takes place in person at the Alexandra Writers’ Centre in Calgary.
Ali Bryan is an award-winning novelist and creative nonfiction writer who explores the what-ifs, the wtfs and the wait-a-minutes of every day. Her first novel, Roost, won the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction and was the official selection of One Book Nova Scotia. Her second novel, The Figgs, was a finalist for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour and has been optioned for TV by Sony Pictures. She’s longlisted for the CBC Canada Writes Creative Nonfiction prize, shortlisted for the Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Award and won the 2020 Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Story. She is a Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Emerging Artist recipient. Her debut YA novel, The Hill, was released in March and longlisted for the 2021 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize. Her short-form work has been published in Alberta Views, HASH Journal, and Understory Magazine and is forthcoming in the Good Life Review and Reservoir Road Literary Review. She has a wrestling room in her garage and regularly gets choked out by her family.