Writing Documentary Nonfiction


This course is designed to further your work on a nonfiction project by exploring techniques for turning research into story. Work at any stage of development is welcome and can benefit from exercises that will look into key concepts, like how to conduct and use research, and how to weave a narrative through documentary writing. Special focus will be given to writing about people—how to render subjects as compelling on the page as they are in real life. (12 hours/All Levels)

Erin Sroka, who lives in Durham and Vashon Island, Washington, is a nonfiction writer whose work is forthcoming or has appeared in The New New South, Our State, and Oxford American. She is a MacDowell Fellow and recipient of a 2014–15 Durham Arts Council Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artist Grant.


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