Master Class – Creative Nonfiction

Taught by Lise Funderburg

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Creative nonfiction asks writers to tell the truth…but to tell it well. In this workshop-style class, we will apply the literary techniques of fiction and reporting strategies of journalism to craft compelling mini-memoirs and personal essays. Students will explore experiences and obsessions, histories and hysteria, and other idiosyncrasies of the human condition.

About Lise

Lise Funderburg is a writer and editor based in Philadelphia. Her articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in the The New York Times, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Salon, The Nation, National Geographic, Garden Design, Cleaver, The Chattahooochee Review, and Prevention. Her latest book is the bestselling social history/memoir, Pig Candy: Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home (Free Press, 2008). She has been awarded residencies at the Blue Mountain Colony, MacDowell Colony, and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. Awards include a Window of Opportunity Grant from The Leeway Foundation and a 2003 Nonfiction Literature Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In addition to teaching Creative Nonfiction at the University of Pennsylvania, Funderburg also teaches in the Rutgers University-Camden MFA Program.

Manuscript Submission

I would like to see up to 2500 words of prose (preferably but not necessarily nonfiction, along with a paragraph or two about what those attending hope to work on during the workshop (regarding either subjects or aspects of craft). Send the above to the

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