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.

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  • We regret the passing, on April 11, 2024, of the distinguished Romanian author and critic Dan Cristea, who served as the editor in chief of the Luceafărul de Dimineață cultural monthly. In addition to being an alum of the 1985 Fall Residency, Cristea received his PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Iowa.

  • Our congratulations to 1986 Fall Residency writer Kwame Dawes, who has been named the new poet laureate of Jamaica.

  • Congratulations to our colleagues Jennifer Croft and Aron Aji, who are among those serving as judges for the National Book Awards this year, in their case in the category of translated literature.

  • Ranjit Hoskote’s speech at the 2024 Goa Literary Festival addresses the current situation in Gaza.

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