Scene and Being Seen in Memoir and Creative Nonfiction (FULL)

Deirdre Fagan

Memoir and creative nonfiction early drafts are often heavily narrative, but as we revise and further craft our stories, we often discover we have to recreate the significant scenes of our lives to enrich and vary those narratives. Creating scene in nonfiction causes the self to be seen in a different way from strict narrative and often causes writers to feel particularly vulnerable; sharing those scenes in workshop is often a significant step in preparing for the reception of our stories by a public audience.

In this workshop:

1) We will discuss the benefits of scene in narrative nonfiction in relation to purpose and audience;

2) Participants will identify feedback and publication goals for the piece they submit to workshop; and

3) Participants will submit up to 2,500-word drafts for feedback from participants and the instructor.

In this narrative building and nurturing workshop, the emphasis will be on developing and polishing a drafted memoir excerpt, creative nonfiction essay, or equivalent collection of short or flash nonfiction.


Details: Scene and Being Seen in Memoir and Creative Nonfiction meets Tuesdays May 7, May 21, and June 4 from 6:30-9:00pm remotely online via Zoom.

Prerequisites: None

Genre: Nonfiction

Level: All Levels

: Generative workshop with writing in class and outside of class and group sharing.

Location: This class takes place remotely online via Zoom.

Size: Limited to 12 participants (including scholarships).

Suggested Sequence: Follow this class with another generative nonfiction writing workshop or a feedback course.

Scholarships: Two scholarship spots are available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. Apply by April 15.

Cancellations & Refunds: Cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the first class meeting to receive a full refund. Email

Tuesday, May 7, 2024
6:30 pm
9:00 PM
Tuesday, May 21, 2024
6:30 pm
9:00 PM
Tuesday, June 4, 2024
6:30 pm
9:00 PM
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Deirdre Fagan

Deirdre Fagan is the author of a poetry collection, Phantom Limbs (Finishing Line Press, 2023), an award-winning memoir, Find a Place for Me: Embracing Love and Life in the Face of Death (Pact Press, Regal House Publishing, November 1, 2022), a short story collection, The Grief Eater (Adelaide Books, 2020), and a chapbook of poetry, Have Love (Finishing Line Press, 2019).

This class takes place online via Zoom

Cleveland, OH

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