In this generative class, we will be focusing on creative nonfiction and memoir–writing about the topics we have been encouraged not to bring up in “polite conversation.” Through a series of generative writing exercises, we will break through the secrecy and shame that too often accompany taboo subjects. Students in this class will learn how to push their own boundaries and also how to confront and connect to an audience–including their loved ones–who would rather they stay quiet.
About Suzanne Roberts
Suzanne Roberts is a South Lake Tahoe-based travel writer, and the author of the lyrical essay collection Animal Bodies: On Death, Desire, and Other Difficulties (Longlisted for the 2023 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay), the award-winning travel memoir in essays Bad Tourist: Misadventures in Love and Travel (2020), and the memoir Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail (Winner of the 2012 National Outdoor Book Award), as well as four collections of poems. Named "The Next Great Travel Writer" by National Geographic's Traveler, Suzanne's work has been listed as notable in Best American Essays and included in The Best Women's Travel Writing. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, CNN, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, The Rumpus, River Teeth, and elsewhere. She holds a doctorate in literature and the environment from the University of Nevada-Reno and teaches in the low residency MFA program in creative writing at UNR-Lake Tahoe. More information may be found on her website: www.suzanneroberts.net
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