Hosted by: Society for Humanistic Anthropology
Of interest to: Appropriate for any level or area: expert creative writers or beginners, literary specialists or generalists, students through career levels through retired, academic or practicing/applied, and those concerned with any topic area or interest they wish to communicate effectively about.
Primary Theme: Academic Career Development, Practicing / Applied Career Development, Humanistic Anthropology, Technical Skill Development
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This workshop describes the flexible genre of creative nonfiction and explores ways in which it can be employed to express anthropological insights in accessible ways to reach multiple audiences. We explore the story elements and writing choices which make these pieces work effectively, considering a wide range of possible formats, including: narrative structures, creatively framed stories, lyric essays, and journalistic style essays. From her experience as the Creative Nonfiction Editor at Anthropology and Humanism, presenter Julia Offen addresses confusion about the genre and common problems writers encounter in their work. Including writing exercises, this workshop assists participants in developing effective creative prose and gives practical advice as participants work through their story ideas. Prior experience with creative writing is not necessary.