Writer Annie Dillard, in an essay called “Seeing” in Pilgrim at Tinker’s Creek, describes one moment of light in the branches of a tree in a wood: “I had been my whole life a bell and never knew it until that moment I was lifted and struck.” This six-week course for writers of prose fiction and creative nonfiction will focus on the practice of seeing, listening, and translating our experiences into vivid and specific prose. We will read and discuss excerpts from essays and short stories. We will write in response to exercises, work on the start of longer pieces, and discuss our work. Participants will also have the chance to talk one-on-one with the instructor about their writing lives. For all levels.
Karen Salyer McElmurray is the author of fiction and nonfiction, most recently a novel, Wanting Radiance (University Press of Kentucky, 2020), and of an essay collection, Voice Lessons (Iris Publishing Group, 2021). She is originally from Johnson County, in Eastern Kentucky, frequently the setting for her work.Register
Karen Salyer McElmurray