with Lisa Fetchko in Mar Vista
7:30 to 9:30 pm
October 17 to December 12
(with no class on November 21)
We’re living in a golden age of nonfiction—from memoir to long-form journalism, there are more ways than ever to work in this incredibly versatile genre. In this eight-week mixed levels workshop, we will read and discuss different forms of nonfiction, including New Journalism, the personal essay, creative nonfiction, and the lyric essay. Mostly, though, I will push you to write. And rewrite. And write some more. With short exercises, field research, and an in-depth look at craft—especially narrative voice, structure, and the “carnality” (as Mary Karr puts it) of detail—you will define and hone your own nonfictional style(s). Over the course of the semester, you will have the opportunity to workshop two pieces (or two versions of the same piece as long as edits are substantial). There will be a strong focus on the challenges and rewards of editing, especially for students who aren’t new to nonfiction.
This class will take place in Mar Vista, where wine, sparkling water, and the occasional gourmet snack will be served.
Lisa Fetchko has published essays, fiction, creative nonfiction, and translations in a variety of publications including Ploughshares, Bookforum, and n+1. She is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Review of Books. Lisa has an MFA from Bennington College, where she studied both fiction and nonfiction. She teaches in the bilingual MFA in Creative Writing Program at Mount Saint Mary’s and has taught writing in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA. In addition to teaching and writing, she has worked in architecture and documentary filmmaking in the United States and Latin America.