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Explore Creative Nonfiction With Local Author A.N. Devers and Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop


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Local writer A.N. Devers will be teaching a Creative Nonfiction course this winter/spring through the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop. The 8-week class begins the week of February 11, and will be led out of A.N.’s apartment near 8th Avenue and Carroll Street.

For $475, the course promises an exciting mix of writing and reading assignments to stimulate the creative mind.

“I will assign several readings,” A.N. tells me. “Certainly something by Virginia Woolf and Joan Didion, maybe some short Montaigne, and some contemporary favorites like Amy Leech and Geoff Dyer. I also want to highlight and point out incredible writers whose non-fiction always pull me into the best kind of readerly rabbit hole online, like Alexander Chee, Roxane Gay, and Maud Newton.”

The class will be small, no more than eight students total, and students will take turns sharing longer pieces for class evaluation and discussion. A.N. says she is “happy to brainstorm and offer writing prompts” for anyone at a thematic loss, and plans for a few fun in-class prompts as time allows.

A.N., who received her M.F.A. in Fiction from the Bennington Writers Seminar, keeps herself busy in the literary world. A published non-fiction writer who is currently working on her first book, she also runs the web site Writers’ Houses, takes on regular freelance projects, and works as a bookseller at Community Bookstore. Look for her first story coming out next month in Slice magazine.

She praises the Sackett Street workshop process for its ability to be “transformative for all involved.” It’s a sentiment that author and Sackett Street director Julia Fierro echoes:

What makes Sackett Street unique [is] the small class size…, focus on craft, the supportive (but still critical) nature of the workshops, the intimacy of experiencing a Salon-like setting in a writer’s home, and the individual attention our dedicated instructors give (each student receives typed feedback and a private conference with the instructor) in each session.

If you’re interested in applying, a few spots are still open. And if Creative Nonfiction is not your speed, Sackett Street offers a wide variety of courses throughout the boroughs (including Jill Di Donato’s 8-week Literary Erotica class, $475, another Park Slope-based course). Application information is available here.

Photo credit Judith Hertog

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