In this week-long intensive, we’ll try our hand at a variety of approaches to creative nonfiction: from one sentence memoirs to what some might term ‘micro-nonfiction’ to essays spanning as far out as 750 words. Then we’ll look at ways to link short pieces together in order to form larger, cohesive, book-length meditations in language. This will be a fun class and all you’ll need are your favorite writing tools (pen/paper or laptop, etc.) and your own radiant curiosity.
Meets: 12pm-2pm EST
Brian Turner is the author of two collections of poetry: Here, Bullet and Phantom Noise. His memoir My Life as a Foreign Country was published in 2014. He’s the editor of The Kiss, and co-edited The Strangest of Theatres. Turner served in the US Army as an infantry team leader for a year in Iraq (2003-2004) and he deployed to Bosnia prior to that. His poetry and essays have been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, National Geographic, Harper’s, and other fine journals. Turner was featured in the documentary film Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience, which was nominated for an Academy Award. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, and he’s received a USA Hillcrest Fellowship in Literature, an NEA Literature Fellowship in Poetry, the Amy Lowell Traveling Fellowship, a US-Japan Friendship Commission Fellowship, the Poets’ Prize, and a Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. Three collections of poetry are forthcoming from Alice James Books in 2023. He lives in Orlando, Florida, with the world’s sweetest golden retriever, Dene.