This class is part of our “Summer Creative Nonfiction Series,” a variety of single-session classes on Fridays at lunchtime designed to tackle one element of creative nonfiction writing in each class. You can take one class, pick and choose, or take all of them! You can find all other classes in the series here.
Often, when writers explore topics of their self or body, we are called “brave” by readers. But what is “brave” about exploring oneself on the page?
Instead, this course will focus on honing the technique of writing what makes others uncomfortable: bodies, pain, trauma, and real life moments that end up buried deep. As writer’s we should be able to confidently explore these topics without sacrificing the reality and rawness of the situation for the comfort of the reader or compromising beauty of craft for truth. In the same way that people can survive without healing, we can write beautifully about ugly or upsetting topics.
Over the session, we will look at excerpts from writers of various genres, including Elissa Washutta, Saeed Jones, Kiese Laymon, Eula Biss, Morgan Parker, and Emily Jungmin Yoon. While, it’s not our responsibility to break generational curses or heal inherited traumas, we can create work exploring the impact of such things on our selves and in this moment. Prepare to be uncomfortable, and relish in that feeling, if only for a moment.
About Negesti Kaudo
Negesti Kaudo is an essayist, educator and pop culture enthusiast based in the Midwest. She received an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Columbia College Chicago, and in 2015, became the youngest recipient of the Ohioana Library Association's Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant for unpublished writers under 30 at 22. Kaudo is an alumni of the Ragdale Foundation Residency and Winter Tangerine Workshop. Her work has been published in Best American Experimental, Fourth Genre, Seneca Review, The Normal School, and elsewhere. Ripe: Essays is her first book and published by Mad Creek Books, an imprint of The Ohio State University Press.
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