The Workshops: Nonfiction

June 16-23 and July 7-14, 2018

The Literary Nonfiction Workshop

By using the full range of available literary devices and techniques to tell a story rooted in truth and experience, the particular genre of literary nonfiction is all about pressing against the boundaries of the very term “genre.” Rebecca McClanahan writes, “Though rooted in fact and in actual, lived experience, literary nonfiction aspires to the condition of art, revealing itself in various ways—in close attention to language, for instance, or in an elegant structure, a well-paced narrative, a surprising voice, or in a new take on an old subject.”

The Kenyon Review’s literary nonfiction workshops create the space to explore the possibilities within this rich genre. Through analysis of elements such as frame, structure, pacing and tone, participants investigate how an author’s choices affect the narrative of a lived experience. Writers complete and share daily writing assignments geared toward specific nonfiction techniques, focusing on expanding their knowledge of literary nonfiction and creating new work to develop once their workshop week concludes.

Each class is limited to 10 participants. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis, and we make every effort to notify applicants within four weeks of application. The application consists of the online application form, a resume, and a writing sample. The writing sample should be a short nonfiction piece or an excerpt from a longer work. Based on your application, you will be assigned one of the following instructors: Geeta Kothari or Rebecca McClanahan in session I or Dinty Moore in session II.

Questions? Please email writers@kenyonreview.org or call 740-427-5196

The application site will open in early January 2018.

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