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Following the Spiral: Creative Nonfiction and Photography


Level: Introductory
Length: 1 session, 1.5 hours
Day: Sunday, June 11 2023
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am PST
Format: Online/Virtual Workshop

“The Greeks entered into Death backward: what they had before them was their past.” – Roland Barthes Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography.

A photograph is more than a moment captured in time. It holds the concept of history, self, and future within its frame. And as the photograph holds more than what the eye can see, it also houses a mystery lost with the passing of time.

The photograph becomes the medium in which the past is recognized; however, the unseen in the photo provides the understanding and insight that writers can pull into their creative nonfiction pieces.

This workshop will investigate the conversation between text, images, and memories. We will examine time, and the way memories, point of view and photographs can frame a narrative. We will spend time looking at examples and writing. This is a generative workshop.

Quick Introduction to the Hermit Crab Essay


A brief introduction to the Hermit Crab essay with a writing exercise.

This 17-minute, on-demand course features an overview of the writing form known as the Hermit Crab essay. I take you through some examples and talk about the ways that this essay format can help you get at those hard-to-reach narratives. At the end, there is a brief exercise included, which allows you to dive into what you learned.


Level: Introductory
Length: 17 mins
Day & Time: Self-paced, on-demand
Format: Online

After purchase, you will receive a Zoom link and password to access the mini-workshop.

Interested in taking a class but the date and time does not work for your schedule? No worries. All registered participants will receive a recording of the session within two business days of the class.

“Expressing yourself is not nearly enough. You must express the story”
– Margaret Atwood

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