Where to Begin, How to Begin
Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 4p-6p
Snow Date: Thursday, 2/27
Professor Michael Burke of Colby College will lead a two-hour creative nonfiction writing workshop called Where to Begin, How to Begin on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 4p-6p. Any piece of writing has to begin somewhere of course, but how do you know where to start, and how to start? In this creative nonfiction writing workshop, we’ll talk about what the opening of an essay or any piece of nonfiction tells us about what is to follow, and discuss a variety of options a writer might have for where and how to begin. Examples from professional models will be considered.
Participants should come to the session with an idea for a story they want to write, and be prepared to do some drafting on it during the session (which may or may not be shared with the group, depending on one’s willingness to share).
This session is appropriate for anyone 18 and older. Participants should bring something to write on and with: laptop, ipad, pad of paper, etc.
Free and open to the public. Seating is limited to 20 participants; registration is required. A snow date is scheduled for Thursday, 2/27. Register at: https://wplcreativenonfiction20.eventbrite.com.
Michael Burke has taught at Colby College since 1987, where he is Professor of English and Creative Writing, and Director of their Creative Writing Program. His nonfiction has appeared in the Boston Globe, The New York Times, Down East, Yankee, Islands, Outside, and other national and international publications, and he is the author of an adventure/memoir, The Same River Twice (University of Arizona Press). His play, The Town Meets, won the Maine Literary Arts Award in 2018. He has a BA in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in Creative Writing. He lives in Wilton with his wife, the fiction writer Patricia O’Donnell.