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Kindling the Story: Experiments with Researched Nonfiction

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Kindling the Story: Experiments with Researched Nonfiction
Erica Berry
Date and Time:
10:00 - 4:00
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March 10, 2020

Workshop registration opens for members on February 27.

Workshop Overview

What surprising roles can research play in helping to generate new ideas or complement the telling of our own personal life stories? In this workshop we will explore readings and prompts that utilize research in lyrical and innovative ways, and think about how research can be rooted in journalism, archives and observation. Whether experimenting with prose poems, "braided" essays or narrative nonfiction, participants will leave the workshop with a new toolbox of techniques to use as both inspiration and information. Participants will engage with Sitka and its landscape through observation of the natural world and exploration of the onsite library. Everyone will leave with a web of ideas for future projects as well as one draft of an essay.

About the Instructor(s)

Essayist Erica Berry has taught writing at the University of Minnesota and the New York Times Student Journeys, and now leads an annual workshop in Sicily. Her recent work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and named Notable in Best American Essays 2019, and appears in publications such as The New York Times Magazine, Gulf Coast, Colorado Review, The Atlantic, and others. She loves teaching students of all experience levels, only curiosity is required. An Oregon-native, she is currently Writer-in-Residence with the National Writer Series in Traverse City, MI.

Materials List: Students Bring


• Notebook and pen


• Laptop/device for internet research

• Any specific materials you are hoping to delve into for research (i.e. historic maps, photographs, diaries, reference books)

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

• Assorted supplies and primary materials for research
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