Winter Craft Intensive: Matthew Specktor


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Neither/Nor: Writing Hybrid Nonfiction, with Matthew Specktor
Sunday, December 5, 3:00 pm-6:00 pm EST
The first question among the many that bedevil us as writers is this one: What am I writing? Should this be a memoir or a personal essay? A work of criticism? A piece of food- or travel writing? To which I suggest, “Why choose?” This craft intensive will look at the possibilities offered by hybrid nonfiction forms both long and short, as well as some of the constraints that might allow these forms to flourish, to seem dynamic rather than wayward and arbitrary. We’ll perform close readings of texts by Terry Castle, Hanif Abdurraqib and others, and enact a generative exercise or two that will allow us to explore some of these possibilities for ourselves, connecting personal history with critical- or observational writing. Participants will leave the workshop with an expanded sense of their own writing’s capabilities, some strategies for how to proceed in this mode, and the beginnings of a new hybrid work.