No matter what kind of writing you do, the upcoming Pennwriters’ class, Nonfiction Places and Spaces, has something to help you improve your craft. Instructor Vicki Mayk has taken the time to give us ten good examples of why a writer should take this class.
Top Ten Reasons to Try Writing Nonfiction
As writers, we tend to organize themselves into separate camps, lining up as fiction writers or non-fiction writers. But stepping out of our comfort zone can be a good idea on many levels. It also helps to remember that the very definition of creative nonfiction says that the genre uses the tools of fiction to tell a true story. If you are wondering if you should take my workshop, Nonfiction Places and Spaces, that starts on July 2, here are 10 reasons why you should consider trying your hand at nonfiction.
- Some of the best work in every genre is grounded in fact, based on real people, real places, real events.
- Nonfiction gives us a chance to explore our own stories – which has a variety of benefits, from allowing us to make sense of our lives to capturing treasured memories.
- Writing about setting in nonfiction will have benefits the next time you place your short story or novel in a real location.
- You don’t have to write historical fiction to benefit from using authentic details. Grounding our work in sensory reality – how food really tastes, what roses really smell like, n – benefits readers.
- You’ll have a chance to develop some new skills, such as interviewing, that also can be applied to future fiction projects.
- Learning to write in more than one genre can open up new publishing opportunities. A writer friend learned to fire a Civil War-era pistol for her novel– then wrote a first-person essay about the experience.
- Writing both fiction and nonfiction can broaden your audience on social media, providing useful ways to build and expand your online platform
- Nonfiction writing can help to position you as an expert – opening opportunities for media interviews and speaking engagements. If you’ve done exhaustive research about how to make wine, local history or on quilting patterns, there are ways to share your expertise – and build book sales.
- You don’t have to write an entire book to sell nonfiction. Many nonfiction books are sold by proposal with sample chapters.
- And the number one reason to write nonfiction: It’s just great to try something new and stretch our writing muscles every once in a while!
Vicki Mayk is a seasoned memoirist, nonfiction writer and magazine editor whose work has appeared in print and online publications including Ms Magazine, Hippocampus Magazine,Literary Mama, and the Manifest-Station. She is the editor of the magazine at Wilkes University, where she also teaches adult creative nonfiction workshops and a class about the power of story for freshmen. She created and teaches a memoir workshop for the bereaved at St. Luke’s Hospice in Bethlehem, Pa., and teaches writing workshops under the umbrella of her consulting business, Write To Heal. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative nonfiction at Wilkes University.Share this: