Nonfiction Writing Seminar with Amy Leach

Course Description

In this course we will read and write a wide range of creative nonfiction. We will begin with an introductory writing assignment and then move into a series of essay assignments, loosely modeled on the forms presented in each week's reading assignments. We'll meet weekly in our online video classroom for live discussion of these readings and essays, and will make use of in-class writing activities to spark ideas. We will also be responding to each other's work through ongoing workshops; providing the writer with an attentive audience, and cultivating analytical skills and sensitivity as readers. As the course draws to an end, we'll move into revision work. The goal of this course will be to discover one's own stories and interests, and to develop a style and a voice with which to create art out of facts. The course will run from July 19, 2015 to September 13, 2015.


Twenty-four writers hailing from Australia, Bahrain, Canada, India, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland, Serbia, South Africa, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, the United States, and Venezuela were selected from a pool of 400 applicants to participate in this seminar.

Nonfiction Writing Seminar 2015

24 writers are enrolled in the Nonfiction Writing Seminar with Amy Leach


Amy LEACH, author of Things That Are from Milkweed Editions, has had her work appear in A Public Space, Tin House, Orion, the Los Angeles Review, and in a Best American Essays collection. The recipient of a Whiting Award in Nonfiction, a Pushcart Prize, and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Award, she plays bluegrass, teaches English, and lives in Montana.

Happening Now

  • To mark PEN International’s centennial, Words Without Borders has published a sampler of works by writers committed to freedom of expression. Algerian novelist and scholar Med MAGANI is among them.

  • A fall harvest of book reviews coming in: of The Others by Sarah BLAU (translated from the Hebrew by Daniella Zamir); of LO Yi-Chin’s Farewell, translated from the Chinese by Jeremy TIANG; of Véronique TADJO’s In the Company of Men

  • A fascinating interview with IWP’s Senior Advisor, professor Peter Nazareth, retired from UI’s English Department in spring 2021, after nearly five decades of teaching.

  • Word reaches us that poet HU Xudong  胡续冬, who also taught comparative and world literatures at Peking University (Beida), specializing in Latin American literatures, passed away unexpectedly. RIP, Hu Xudong…

  • We note with sadness the passing of Hiroshi SAKAGAMI 坂上 弘, whose long novelistic career garnered him major literary and cultural honors. A former president of the Japan Writers’ Association, he was until his retirement also the director of Keio University Press.

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