16. May 2020 - 10:00 till 15:00
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CREATIVE NONFICTION: BRAIDING PRIVATE & PUBLIC HISTORY w/ CATINA BACOTE | Flatiron Writers Room | Saturday, 16. May 2020

How does your ordinary life reflect a larger human narrative?
In this one-day creative nonfiction workshop we will consider how our own experiences have been shaped by social, cultural, and political dynamics, and the ways our writing can affirm or disrupt well-established accounts. 
We will explore how to handle memory, archival documents, diaries, letters, photographs, and oral history (you will be asked to bring in specific material). Writing prompts will help you transform traditional and unconventional research into vibrant prose and offer both introspection and an outward gaze in your work. 
This will be a hands-on workshop where you will generate new writing, share your work, and respond to the writing of others.
To guide our discussions and writing, we will read short essays by innovative authors such as Patricia Smith, Bernard Cooper, Kiese Laymon, and Peggy Shumaker, to see how these writers transform broad events into compelling and intimate narratives.  
This class meets Saturday, May 16, 2020 from 10am to 3pm with a lunch break.
Cost: $85 General Admission, $76.50 for current FWR Co-Working members. Partial need-based scholarships are available for this workshop.
To register by check instead of via Eventbrite, mail your check and a valid email address to Flatiron Writers Room, LLC, 5 Covington Street, Asheville, NC  28806. You will be registered when we receive your payment, space permitting.
Catina Bacote is an essayist and memoirist. She contributed an essay to the anthology This Is The Place: Women Writing About Home that was selected as an editor’s choice for the New York Times Book Review. Her nonfiction has also appeared in the Gettysburg Review, TriQuarterly, Tin House, Ploughshares, The Common, The Sun, the Southern California Review, and elsewhere. Her writing has been supported by the Ann *** Chambers Long-form Journalism Fellowship from MacDowell Colony and the Alice Judson Hayes Social Justice Fellowship from Radgale. She holds a MA from Teachers College, Columbia University and a MFA from the University of Iowa, where she was admitted as a Dean’s Fellow and subsequently served as the Provost’s Visiting Writer in Nonfiction. She has taught at Warren Wilson College and currently teaches creative writing at St. John's University.
REFUND POLICY: The Flatiron Writers Room reserves the right to cancel this workshop if not enough people sign up, in which case you will receive a full refund. You may request a refund up until one week before the class starts via Eventbrite or email to flatironwritersroom[at]gmail.com for a full tuition refund (Eventbrite will not refund its fees). After that date, no refunds will be made. We do not give credit for future classes/events in lieu of refunds under this policy.