Instructor: Brian Kevin
Date & Time: Saturday, April 13 | 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Turner Memorial Public Library, Presque Isle
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: Member $50 | Nonmember $105
Registration Closes: April 8
Many of the most powerful pieces of nonfiction writing—and among the most challenging to produce—involve a writer telling a story that is not his or her own. John McPhee, Susan Orlean, Lillian Ross, and Maine’s own Michael Paterniti are exemplars of this approach.
While contemporary media is awash in memoir, diaristic travel writing, and confessional essays, this workshop will delve into the craft of narrative nonfiction that is outside what Slate senior editor Laura Bennett recently termed the “First-Person Industrial Complex.”
Attendees will learn to pay special attention to perspective and point-of-view, as well as to the reporting techniques that give a story detail and depth. Participants will practice interview techniques, dissect four magazine features with varying approaches to the genre, and perform some low-stakes writing exercises with the option of sharing their work for critique.
Bring a laptop to write on, a pad for note-taking (and/or, if you wish, a recording device), and all the empathy you can muster.
+PLEASE READ Participants will be expected to read the following articles in advance of the workshop: “Beth Ann and Macrobioticism” by Robert Christgau, New York Herald Tribune, 1966; “The Reckoning” by Pamela Colloff, Texas Monthly, 2016; “Last Summer in the Magic City,” by Ron Currie, Down East, 2015; and “The Belfast Operation” by Brian Kevin, Down East, 2015.
Brian Kevin is the editor-in-chief of Down East and has written for Outside, The New York Times, Travel + Leisure, Men’s Journal, Audubon, Mother Jones, and a number of other magazines. His work has been recognized or anthologized in Best Food Writing, Best American Essays, and Best American Sports Writing, and his book The Footloose American: Following the Hunter S. Thompson Trail Across South America received the MWPA’s Maine Literary Award for Nonfiction in 2015. VISIT briankevin.com
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