Beyond Nonfiction (with Dennis James Sweeney)
“Essay,” “memoir,” “creative nonfiction”: these terms can be slippery and difficult to define. This one-day workshop takes that slipperiness as its premise, exploring styles that fall outside traditionally conceived notions of nonfiction while still rooting themselves in factual events. Nonfiction that transforms into poetry, fiction that approaches factuality, and writing that slips between genres will all be read and practiced in this workshop. We will also talk about the ethics of departing from strict notions of fact. Students are encouraged to bring a real-life event you have been considering or writing about—and to be ready to expand your approach to that real-world event into genres you may not yet have considered.
About the Instructor:
DENNIS JAMES SWEENEY's writing has appeared in Crazyhorse, Five Points, Ninth Letter, The Southern Review, and Witness, among others. He is a Small Press Editor of Entropy, the recipient of an MFA from Oregon State University, and a recent Fulbright fellow in Malta. He is the author of three chapbooks: Poems About Moss, THREATS, and What They Took Away. Find him online at www.dennisjamessweeney.com
WHEN: Saturday, September 7 (1 - 4pm)
WHERE: Williamsburg MA