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Creative Nonfiction with Porochista Khakpour (Sold Out)

$125

3 Sessions via Zoom

Out of stock

Once a week Saturdays, 2:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT September 12 to September 26, 2020

This workshop has reached its capacity. To join the waitlist, please email Thierry Kehou at thierry@centerforfiction.org.


An all-levels exploratory course in the most popular prose genre through exercises, lectures, and mini-workshops. We will dive deeply into the personal essay, the memoir, narrative nonfiction, feature journalism, and even technical writing. We will also discuss everything from the business end (publication opportunities, agents, queries, proposals, etc.) to the more emotional, spiritual, and psychological sides of the art (what it really means to write the truth, what stories are ours and what aren’t, how to be honest with your readers and yourself).


Capacity: 20 students

This workshop will take place online via Zoom. Participants will receive instructions for access prior to the first session.

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Led by

  • 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.