Spring 2020: Collage in Creative Nonfiction

April 19-May 24, 2020 Sundays, 6:00-8:00 p.m. (six class sessions) Instructor: Wendy Noonan For writers at all levels Meets at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Do you have a nonfiction story that struggles to mold to a traditional structure? Both collage and braided forms in creative non-fiction resist linear development, relying instead on fragmentation, silence,

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April 19-May 24, 2020
Sundays, 6:00-8:00 p.m. (six class sessions)
Instructor: Wendy Noonan
For writers at all levels
Meets at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington

Do you have a nonfiction story that struggles to mold to a traditional structure? Both collage and braided forms in creative non-fiction resist linear development, relying instead on fragmentation, silence, and resonance to shape ideas and story. In defense of disruption and silence, Louise Gluck reflects that “in the broken thing, human agency is oddly implied: breakage, whatever its cause, is the dark complement to the act of making; the one implies the other.” In this class, we will consider how writers have shaped their stories using narrative strategies of breakagae and weaving. We may ask ourselves how history, philosophy, art, literature, mythology and film might add to our chosen narratives.

Classtime will be spent discussing outside reading, engaging in writing exercises, and responding to each other’s work. Students will leave class with a deeper understanding of these nontraditional forms as well as a draft of a new story or essay.

About the instructor:Wendy Noonan’s poetry has been featured in Painted Bride Quarterly, Muzzle, and Crazy Horse, and her creative nonfiction is forthcoming in Diagram and Meridian. She is a finalist for Meridian’s 2020 Editor’s Choice prize. Wendy is an editor, consultant and writing teacher in Portland.

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