Course Description: For both veteran and beginning writers alike, this workshop will explore the various forms of creative nonfiction: memoir, literary journalism, personal narrative, travel and food writing, and essay writing. We will pay special attention to shape, finding new ways to infuse your writing with scene, voice, setting, and character. Besides engaging in exercises designed to jumpstart your work, we will also address issues of ethics, research, and imagination. How do you overcome the limitations of memory? Where do you draw the line between invention and fact? How do you ethically transform experience into story? This workshop will appeal to people working on a variety of projects, whether you’re writing a memoir, interested in becoming a globe-trotting travel writer, or simply wanting to revel in the sublime discovery of a Montaigne-like essay.
Requirements: Submit a manuscript of 10–25 pages by 31 May, 2014. The work can be a stand-alone essay or an excerpt from a larger work. If it is an excerpt, please provide a synopsis to help us understand its place in the book. See the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of the Paris Writers' Workshop website for more details.
Agent Consultation: Your registration automatically entitles you to a one-on-one consultation with your workshop faculty member, however, if you wish to have a one-on-one consultation with a literary agent, please register for that separately. Agent consultations are €50 for PWW participants.
Literary Dinner: If you would like to attend the literary dinner, please register for that separately as well. Dinner rates for participants and their guests are €45 per person.