THE CRAFT OF WRITING SERIES: Nonfiction
May 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
We regret that this month’s Craft of Writing program has been cancelled.
Thursday, May 6: Author Conversation
Join acclaimed writers John Hildebrand and Rilla Askew for a conversation on the craft of writing nonfiction.
Thursday, May 13: The Essay’s Unique Journey with John Hildebrand
The essay can best likened to a late night chat between friends in which one voice holds the floor as long as it keeps our attention. This workshop will explain how a good essay mimics the mind’s own free-association of events and ideas while always steering the reader in a given direction. We’ll discuss voice as a reflection of the essayist’s own sensibility as he or she shuttles back and forth between personal experience and the larger meaning of that experience, and finally how theme rather than a predetermined thesis sets each essay upon its unique journey.
Thursday, May 20: Writing the Personal Essay: How We Bear Witness with Rilla Askew
This workshop will focus on the writer’s engagement with our contemporary world: fractured, unpredictable, radically filled with change. Using writing prompts and short examples from published writers as models, we’ll embark on essays in both traditional and lyric forms, including flash nonfiction.
The cost for this three-week program is $150.00. Write On members receive a 10% discount. To become a member, please click here. To register for this program online, please click the button below. For other registration options, please call 920.868.1457.
Registrants will receive the information to join by Zoom 2-3 days prior to the first session.
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
Rilla Askew’s most recent book is Most American: Notes from a Wounded Place, which Kirkus Reviews calls “An eloquently thoughtful memoir in essays.” In nine linked works of creative nonfiction, Askew spotlights the complex history of her home state. From the Trail of Tears to the Tulsa Race Massacre to the Murrah Federal Building bombing, Oklahoma appears as a microcosm of our national saga. Yet no matter our location, Askew argues, we must own the whole truth of our history if the wounds of division that separate us are ever to heal. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in a variety of journals, and her story “The Killing Blanket” was selected for Prize Stories 1993: The O. Henry Awards. Her first novel, The Mercy Seat, was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Dublin IMPAC Prize, was a Boston Globe Notable Book, and received the Oklahoma Book Award and the Western Heritage Award. Askew received a 2009 Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the 2011 Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book. Her acclaimed novel about the Tulsa Race Massacre, Fire in Beulah, received the American Book Award and the Myers Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in 2002.
John Hildebrand is the author of four books of nonfiction, the most recent of which, Long Way Round: Through the Heartland by River, was released in October 2019. A Northern Front is a collection of essays that previously appeared in such magazines as Harper’s, Audubon, Outside, Sports Illustrated, Manoa, and The Missouri Review. Other titles include Mapping the Farm: The Chronicles of a Family and Reading the River: A Voyage Down the Yukon. His work has been anthologized in Barnstorm: Contemporary Wisconsin Fiction (2005), Best American Sports Writing 1999, American Nature Writing 1997, The Great Land: Reflections on Alaska (1994), and Nature’s New Voices (1992). His work has been translated into German and Italian. Hildebrand received a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Michigan in 1971 and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska in 1974. A former professor of nonfiction writing at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Hildebrand has been awarded a Bush Artist Fellowship, a Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship, the BANTA Award from the Wisconsin Literary Association, and a Friends of American Writers Literary Award.