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Master Class: Nonfiction Writing

Dates: 7/30/2012 to 8/4/2012
Schedule: Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM

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Located in : Center for Documentary Studies, CDS Library
Instructor: Duncan Murrell

Regular Student: $350.00

This workshop brings students together with professional writers and editors for an intense week of collaborative discussion, revision, and writing. Students in the workshop will read and discuss the ongoing projects of fellow students, work individually with the instructors to refine and shape their own projects, and participate in readings and round-table discussions with top figures in the publishing world. Throughout the week, students will have the space and time for sustained, concentrated writing, as well as access to the world-class Duke University Libraries system. This is a workshop on craft, structure, and the art of writing great nonfiction, and a rare opportunity to be guided closely by top editors and writers. (38 hours)

Haven Kimmel is the author of eight books: Two memoirs, the #1 New York Times bestseller A Girl Named Zippy and She Got Up Off the Couch, and Other Heroic Tales from Mooreland, Indiana; four novels; and two books for children. She graduated from Ball State University with a degree in creative writing and studied with the novelist Lee Smith at North Carolina State University. She is currently working on a horror novel and a non-fiction collection of essays about Quakerism. She lives in Durham.

Barry Yeoman is a Durham-based freelance magazine journalist whose recent work has appeared in The American Prospect, Saturday Evening Post, onEarth, Audubon, and Parade. He is the author of “The Gutbucket King,” a longform multimedia profile of New Orleans bluesman Little Freddie King, published by The New New South. He specializes in putting human faces on complex social, political, and environmental issues. His website is

Class schedule:
Sunday, June 12
5–9 p.m.: Welcome barbecue

Monday–Friday, June 13–17
8:30 a.m.: Coffee
9 a.m.: Morning workshop
12–1 p.m.: Lunch (provided)
1–4 p.m.: Afternoon workshop / field trip / writing time / meetings with instructors
4–5 p.m.: Guest speaker
5–6:30 p.m.: Social

Friday evening includes student readings, which will last until approximately 8 p.m.

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