CHARLOTTE—Those who write creative nonfiction know how to tell the truth, even if it hurts. And they know how important it is to present an engaging narrative, even while sticking to the facts.
At the North Carolina Writers’ Network 2016 Squire Summer Writing Residency, June 23-26, at Queens University of Charlotte, creative nonfiction writers will consider the challenges of a sustained narrative and explore methods of meeting those challenges through a variety of narrative approaches and forms.
Under the guidance of instructor Cynthia Lewis, attendees will examine some of the ways in which briefer stories—anecdotes or summaries—can enliven and give immediacy to nonfiction, and what considerations attend the construction of plot.
As a starting point and a bit of common ground, nonfiction registrants will be asked to do some minimal reading from Keep It Real, by Lee Gutkind, and others.
Cynthia Lewis is the Charles A. Dana Professor of English at Davidson College, where she has been teaching Shakespeare, Renaissance literature, and creative nonfiction since 1980. Her nonfiction has been published in The Hudson Review, Southern Cultures, The Antioch Review, The Massachusetts Review, Shenandoah, Charlotte Magazine, Our State, and elsewhere. Three of her personal essays have been included by the editor of The Best American Essays on the “Notable Essays” list and another has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is currently finishing a book about sports and Shakespeare and working on two others, one about a political scandal and a parking garage bombing in St. Louis in the early twenty-first century, and the other about professor-on-student sexual harassment and assault.
The 2016 North Carolina Writers' Network Squire Summer Writing Residency offers an intensive course in a chosen genre (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry), with ten hour-and-a-half sessions over the four days of the program. Registrants work in-depth on their own manuscript samples, as well as their colleagues’, while also studying the principles of the genre with their instructor. Other features include faculty readings, panel discussions, and open mic sessions for residents.
The Squire Summer Writing Residency is the Network’s most intimate and intensive conference: only forty-two registrants will be admitted. Potential attendees should apply with a writing sample and be ready to handle the intensive instruction and atmosphere of the Residency.
For more information, and to register, click here.