True Story Workshop (Online)


Bring a story idea or a work-in-progress to this writing workshop. We’ll focus on refining your idea and using storytelling techniques to keep your audience engaged. We’ll talk about the role of research and how to weave a narrative through documentary writing. Next, we’ll discuss how to employ the tools of nonfiction, such as character, voice, and scene, to render your subjects as compelling on the page as they are in real life. This course will be workshop based, meaning you will receive plenty of feedback on your work from the instructor as well as a supportive community of peers. (12 hours/All Levels)

Please note: This course is offered in an online format and will not physically meet at CDS but will have regularly scheduled virtual sessions.

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

Additional information:
The class will be conducted online. A late-model computer, fast internet connection, and built-in camera are recommended, though not required. Students with less than optimal hardware or internet connections are welcome to take the course, though it may be difficult to participate fully in virtual meetings.

There will be no class November 24.


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