2013 Workshops and Faculty

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Life Writing: A Workshop on Memoir (All Levels - Weeklong) - Brent Spencer
Artists sometimes take "Life Drawing," a course that has students draw the human figure based on a live model. In "Life Writing" we'll focus on writing about life--yours or someone else's. This course is for writers of memoir, biography, and autobiography, forms of writing that honor the facts but present them in a way that is as fully engaging as a novel. We'll talk about the writer's relationship to the truth and whether there's any wiggle room. We'll talk about how to do research and how to use it. And we'll show how to use fiction writing techniques to bring the facts alive. Whether you have a book-length project in hand or have just begun trying to capture a single real-life incident in writing, this course is for you.

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Brent Spencer
Brent Spencer

Brent Spencer is the author of the novel The Lost Son and the collection Are We Not Men?, chosen by the editors of The Village Voice as the best book of its year. His most recent book, a memoir about his fatherís mysterious life and death, is Rattlesnake Daddy: A Sonís Search for His Father, winner of the Little Bluestem Award and the Nebraska Book Award. The recipient of the Stegner Fellowship, the Jones Lectureship from Stanford, the Michener Award from Iowa, and the Distinguished Artist Award from the Nebraska Arts Council, his work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, GQ, River Teeth, Best American Mystery Stories, McSweeney's Online, and elsewhere. He is the Director of Creative Writing and Coordinator of Film Studies at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.