Storyteller and researcher Brené Brown says the two most powerful words where we’re in struggle are “me too.” Others’ stories nourish us, increase our capacity for compassion and understanding, and remind us that we are not alone. Writing our own stories gives us an opportunity to locate and consider the topics that matter to us, share our wisdom and questions, shape narratives on the page, and connect with others. In this five-week online class, we will study and practice the art of nonfiction writing. Together, we’ll read and discuss craft texts and creative nonfiction in different forms—including personal essay, memoir, lyric essay, and longform journalism—and examine the techniques that make each piece effective and distinct. Students will employ their knowledge and questions in their writing, experimenting with form and trying on different styles, techniques, and voices.

The course will be hosted online at the Ruzuku platform. Students participate during the week in their own timeframe—except for submission of writing assignments and feedback, which will have specific deadlines. Each week students will receive:

  • Audio or video presentations with commentary on course material

  • Craft readings

  • Literary readings

  • Posts for discussion

  • Writing prompts and assignments

  • Weekly feedback on a generated piece from teacher and coursemates

Course goals:

  • Learn about techniques of creative nonfiction and apply these in writing

  • Brainstorm and write into the stories that matter to you

  • Experiment with different forms and shapes in your writing

  • Generate creative nonfiction material

  • Have thoughtful discourse with instructor and coursemates

  • Play and have fun with writing in a supportive environment

  • Discover your own voice and what you want to share

I am a writer and I have been a writing teacher for the past decade. I know the power of language to create, shift, and alter our lives.

I am committed to social justice and moving through the world with authenticity and compassion. A native New Orleanian and current desert dweller, I received her MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Arizona, where she taught writing in the English Department for a decade. I write essays, journalism articles, and think pieces, and teach these online and in-person writing workshops and work individually with writers, helping them discover and usher their stories onto the page. I also teach at the Arizona State Prison and has previously led workshops with students in adult and juvenile detention. I am a regular contributor to Edible Baja Arizona and received first place in Community Food and Beverage Reporting from the Arizona Press Club for 2015. See my writing page for some published work in wDiagram, defunct, drunken boat, GOOD, Good Housekeeping, Bustle, Salon, and The Feminist Wire among others.

When:

 June 19-July 29 (with a break for the July 4th Holiday)

Where:

Online at Ruzuku.com

What:

Five weeks of reading of, conversation about, and writing creative nonfiction

Who:

Anyone who wants to grow their writing practice; course is best suited for beginning and intermediate nonfiction writers; if you have questions about whether the course is a good fit for you, feel free to send me a message through the contact page.

How:

Audio and video presentations, lessons, writing prompts, and discussions posted on our interactive course site. Sharing your work, process, & progress in a supportive community. Instructor and peer feedback on your writing weekly.

Why:

 To grow as writers. To explore new ideas. To discover your material, your voice, the unique perspectives and knowledge you have to offer through writing.

Cost:  

 $308

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(payment plans are possible, contact me through the “contact” page in the menu bar)