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All the Nonfiction Genres

with Summer Block in Burbank

7:30 to 9:30 pm
February 19 to April 9, 2019

Students are welcome to join in week two.

Discover the best form for your facts. In this eight-week class, students will explore the shapes and forms of nonfiction, such as memoir, flash, narrative journalism, cultural criticism, and various types of essay: lyric, personal, immersive, braided, and more. We will discuss overarching issues such as memory and truth as well as techniques such as perspective, incorporating research, building a narrative arc, and the use of sensory detail. We will practice nonfiction forms through generative writing exercises, and students will have the chance to workshop their writing in a serious, respectful, and community-oriented environment meant to challenge and inspire each member of the class. This workshop is also open to more experienced writers who want to brush up on the basics or try their hand at a new nonfiction form.

This class will take place in Burbank, where wine, sparkling water, and the occasional gourmet snack will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$420 for new students; $380 for returning students.
(Payment plans available to returning students.)

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Summer Block has contributed essays, short fiction, and poetry to The Toast, The Awl, The Rumpus, Catapult, The Nervous Breakdown, McSweeney's, PANK, and many other places. Her work has been featured in several anthologies, most recently California Prose Directory: New Writing from the Golden State. She is currently working on a book about occult communities in the San Fernando Valley.


“Summer is a great teacher. She went above and beyond with her written feedback, which was so extensive and thoughtful, and so helpful. She also is one of those teachers who manages to find something intelligent and supportive about everything we read in class . . . I really, really enjoyed this class and the warm, fun atmosphere Summer created."