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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  • Death is Hard Work, the fifth title of the Syrian novelist Khaled KHALIFA (IWP '07), published by FSG in Leri Price's translation, is on the long list of the 2019 National Book Awards, in the Translated Literature category.

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