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Saturday, May 6 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
8C: When Facts Fail Us: Nonfiction Writing Beyond the Limits of Fact
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session we'll celebrate the daring and acrobatic nonfiction writers who innovate the genre at the limits of fact: adopting other points of view or anachronous designs for time, incorporating lyrical or fictional passages into nonfiction prose, and/or cueing the reader to flat-out inventions. Considering works by Jo Ann Beard, Annie Dillard, Michael Ondaatje, Geoff Dyer, Joan Wickersham, and the filmmaker Sarah Polley, we'll generate a toolkit of approaches that make stuck works of nonfiction seem newly possible. Come to class with an erased subject or inaccessible period of personal history that's got you stalled, and leave with an entirely new sense of how to plumb for emotional truths deeper than the facts allow.

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Dawn Dorland

Fiction and Nonfiction Writer
Dawn Dorland is an LA-based writer and educator whose work concerns poverty, race, class, and invisible identities. She teaches fiction and nonfiction on the faculties of GrubStreet, Writing Workshops Los Angeles, and at the Downtown Women’s Center, serving the homeless women o... Read More →

Saturday May 6, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Cabot Room

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