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Summer Workshops for Young Writers

Creative Nonfiction for Teens with Porochista Khakpour


8 Sessions

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Monday - Thursday 1:00 pm EDT - 3:00 pm EDT July 26 to August 5, 2021

Online via Zoom

An all-levels exploratory course in the most popular prose genre through exercises, lectures, and mini-workshops. We will dive into various forms of personal essay and memoir (travel, sports, arts, health and wellness) and discuss the emotional, spiritual, and psychological sides of nonfiction work. Young adulthood is the ideal time to develop this kind of writing practice! This class is perfect for teens concerned about college or standardized test essays as well as those who simply want to expand their reading and writing life by looking at the diverse range of true stories all around them.

Designed for young writers, ages 13-18.
Capacity: 12

NOTE: Please include the following information about the student taking the course in the “Notes” field at checkout: student’s name, grade level, and email address.


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  • porochista khakpour

    Porochista Khakpour

    Porochista Khakpour

    Porochista Khakpour’s debut novel Sons and Other Flammable Objects was a New York Times Editor’s Choice, one of the Chicago Tribune’s Fall’s Best, and the 2007 California Book Award winner in the “First Fiction” category. Her second novel The Last Illusion was a 2014 “Best Book of the Year” according to NPR, Kirkus, Buzzfeed, Popmatters, Electric Literature, and many more.  Her third book Sick: A Memoir was a Best Book of 2018 according to Time magazine, Real Simple, Entropy, Mental Floss, Bitch Media, Autostraddle, the Paris Review, LitHub, and more. Among her many fellowships is a National Endowment for the Arts award. Her nonfiction has appeared in many sections of the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Elle, Slate, Salon, and Bookforum, among many others. Her next book will be a collection of those essays, Brown Album (Vintage, May 2020). She has taught creative writing and literature at Johns Hopkins, Wesleyan, Columbia, Bucknell, Bard, Sarah Lawrence College, and many other universities around the country. She lives in New York City.