Creative nonfiction essays, at best, celebrate curiosity, observation, prejudice, and other idiosyncrasies of the human condition. They use the literary techniques of fiction and the reporting strategies of journalism in service of compelling real-life stories. In this workshop-style class students will write and revise and then write and revise some more. longer essays and a handful of shorter ones. Please consult the PWW web site for information on manuscript submission guidelines.
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.
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