Narrative Non-Fiction Toolbox (9/5-9/26)


Laura Fraser

Instructor: Laura Fraser
Number of sessions: 4
Meeting time: Wednesday nights, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Dates: September 5-26
Course fee: $250, $100 deposit required to register. $325 with private critique at end of class.

To register, contact the instructor. All deposits are nonrefundable.

Description: How do you take a pile of information, interviews, and journal scribblings and turn it into a story? This class is for writers who are interested in creating narrative non-fiction, whether long-form journalism, memoir, travel, or other feature stories. The focus will be on effective storytelling, through scenes, structure, research, quotes, and compelling writing. We will dissect several magazine articles and essays to understand what makes them work. Students will be expected to workshop a 1000-2500-word piece for the last two sessions. An extra, private rewrite critique with Laura will be available for $75.

Instructor Bio: Laura Fraser is an award-winning essayist and the author of the memoirs An Italian Affair and All Over the Map. Her articles have appeared in O, the Oprah Magazine, the New York Times, More, Ladies’ Home Journal,, Prevention, Good Housekeeping, Tricycle Buddhist Review, and many other publications, including Best Food Writing and Best Women’s Travel Writing anthologies. Laura has taught magazine writing at the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, Stanford Continui and at many other venues.

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