Enrollment limit: 8 students
$420 new; $380 returning
(Payment plans available for returning students.)
In this eight-week course, students will read craft essays and explore the various shapes and forms of nonfiction, such as reported journalistic work, hybrid/experimental texts, the braided narrative, and the lyric essay. We will discuss overarching issues such as memory and truth as well as techniques such as perspective, transitions, how to build a narrative arc, and the use of sensory detail. The first four weeks of the course will be devoted to exploring various types of nonfiction through generative (homework and in-class) writing exercises. In the second half of the class, 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.
Nonfiction I 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.
7:30 to 9:30 pm
April 30, 2018 to June 25, 2018 (with no class on May 28)
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.”