FICTION TOOLS FOR CREATIVE NONFICTION WRITERS w/LAURA HOPE-GILL

The Flatiron Writers Room | 5 Covington Street | Asheville, NC 28806

Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (EST)

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Creative Nonfiction, particularly memoir, begins in a very personal, sacred and beautiful space. As we move deeper in the drafting process, we discover wonder and insight. Alas, as with everything in life, there's a downside. Writing Creative Nonfiction can lull us into a state of explaining or navel-gazing. We get caught up in our own research and self-discovery and forget the reader is there, waiting for us to talk to them, to thrill them even. Register here now.

Elements of Story are the same for Fiction and Creative Nonfiction, and in this day-long workshop (10am - 3pm), you will begin new work or revise current work to incorporate well-wrought characters, settings, conflicts, and atmospheres that will keep your readers turning the pages.

We will look at excellent works of Creative Nonfiction: Wild by Cheryl Strayed, American Eden by Victoria Johnson, and Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward. These three represent the memoir, journalism, and essay within the Creative Nonfiction fields. We will also look at examples of short fiction from such works as Zadie Smith's "The Embassy of Cambodia," Kazuo Ishiguro's "Crooner," and Alice Munro's "Dimension," as well as other works. The instructor will provide handouts. Reading like writers, in 20-minute discovery sessions, we will identify narrative elements--dialogue, setting, voice, structure, gaps, time, etc.--used in both genres--and then in 10-minute creative sessions we will write our own applications of these tools and share our processes.

This workshop will be energetic and inspiring, and it will provide you with instruments for keeping your writing, even in the drafting process, fresh and exciting. It may also open new pathways for storytelling, memory, and self-discovery. Register here now.

To register by check instead of through Eventbrite, mail your check to the Flatiron Writers Room, 5 Covington Street, Asheville, NC  28806. You will be registered when we receive your payment, space permitting. 

PROCEEDS FROM THIS WORKSHOP WILL GO TO SUPPORT ASHEVILLE WORDFEST, WHICH WILL BRING POETS CAROLYN FORCHḖ AND JAKI SHELTON GREEN, AND OTHER WRITERS OF NOTE, TO ASHEVILLE APRIL 13-15, 2019.

Laura Hope-Gill holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers and is a North Carolina Arts Fellow for Creative Nonfiction. She is the author of two architectural histories of Asheville (Grateful Steps, 2010, 2011) and one collection of poems (The Soul Tree, Grateful Steps 2008) for which she was named the poet laureate of the Blue Ridge Parkway. ParabolaBellevue ReviewFugueCincinnati ReviewNorth Carolina Literary Review, and other journals have published her essays, memoir, short stories, and poems. She currently directs the Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative at Lenoir-Rhyne University's graduate campus in Asheville. Her work in narratology in healthcare opened her eyes to the value of the study of narrative in creative writing, and she is excited to present this approach in a live-action and high-creativity workshop for writers at all stages in their craft. She heads the Asheville Wordfest literary festival.

REFUND POLICY: The Flatiron Writers Room reserves the right to cancel this workshop if not enough people sign up, in which case you will receive a full refund. You may request a refund up until one week before the class starts via Eventbrite or email to flatironwritersroom[at]gmail.com for a full refund. After that date, no refunds will be made. 


Flatiron Writers Room, LLC, located at 5 Covington Street in West Asheville’s vibrant Haywood Road corridor, provides space for writers to learn, teach, read, celebrate and, of course, WRITE. The Flatiron Writers Room is an outgrowth of the Flatiron Writers, who have been writing and providing workshops and events for the western North Carolina writing community since 1993. For rental and other information visit www.flatironwritersroom.com