Experimental Forms

04/28/2022 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM ET



What are the limits of creative nonfiction? At what point does an essay leave the world of fact and enter the realm of fiction or poetry? How do we tell important stories that don't easily fall into rigid chronology?  In this class, you will explore a variety of strategies for innovation in nonfiction writing. You'll study new exhilarating developments in the genre, encountering the work of many contemporary practitioners of the craft, and discuss how to incorporate these non-traditional forms into your own writing, and when you might do it. You will learn about experimental structures, hybrid forms, and nonstandard narrative perspectives, writing a short essay each week as you practice the forms we're studying. This class meets on three Thursdays, April 28, May 5, May 12, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

About the Instructor: Tessa Fontaine is the author of The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts, A New York Times Editors' Choice; A Southern Living Best Book of 2018; An Amazon Editors' Best Book of 2018; A Refinery29 Best Book of 2018; A New York Post Most Unforgettable Book of 2018.
 Tessa spent the 2013 season performing with the last American traveling circus sideshow, the World of Wonders. An essay about the sideshow won the 2016 AWP Intro Award in Nonfiction. Her writing can be found in Outside online, The New York Times, Glamour, The Believer, LitHub, Creative Nonfiction, The Normal School, Seneca Review, DIAGRAM, New Orleans Review, and more. She recently won a Tin House residency to work on her next book, a novel, which will be published by FSG in 2023.

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