Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC

Narrative Non-Fiction Class (9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2)

Monday, September 11, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Edlavitch DCJCC
1529 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

Narrative Non-fiction Class

They say truth is stranger than fiction! This fall you can work with an award-winning, professional author (Peter Lovenheim) to craft your own truths or the remarkable true stories around you into rich, compelling narratives.

Class Description

Narrative non-fiction is writing based on fact but built with the traditional elements of story.  It’s a popular genre, allowing writers to observe the world, explore what they’re curious about, and then transform it into a compelling narrative to engage and challenge the reader.

In four two-hour sessions, participants will learn and practice the craft of writing narrative non-fiction through forms such as personal narrative, memoir, and persuasive essay.  Classes will include writing exercises and prompts, and participants may also bring in one work in progress for discussion and evaluation.

Instructor Biography

Peter Lovenheim is the author of seven books for the general reader from publishers including Random House and Penguin Books.  His most recent work of narrative non-fiction, In the Neighborhood:  The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a Time, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Book Award Winner. His articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Parade, Moment, and other publications.  He lives in Washington, DC, and also teaches at the Writers Center in Bethesda, Maryland. 

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