Crafting the True Story: An Exploration Of Creative Nonfiction with Jacqui Banaszynski at MISA West-Tucson

Tucson, Arizona, United States

Jan 7 - Jan 11, 2019


TUITION / COST:$700; meals and lodging are separate

CONTACT: Madeline Island School of the Arts (MISA)
PHONE: 715-747-2054

Learn to bring real life to the page with techniques that can make words dance, sentences sparkle and stories soar.

This immersive workshop explores techniques that weave literary creativity into true stories. Ideal for anyone who writes narrative non-fiction, but the craft lessons apply as well to memoir and essays. Whether you are a news journalist, magazine freelancer, book author, travel writer, corporate communications specialist, blogger or weekend essayist, you will find the week both practical and inspirational.

Writing is not magic. But done with equal measures of discipline and passion, it can be magical.

We will explore the tools that all good writers master to transform a notion or assignment into a fresh, viable story idea, and then shape that idea into an elegant and compelling piece. We will probe universal themes that give meaning to facts, and examine structural approaches that give stories power and flow. We will place special emphasis on a story’s most essential elements: scene, character, emotion and revelatory detail.

The week will include a mix of fieldwork and in-class exercises to practice various techniques, shared reading and peer critiques and group discussions of great writing. Jacqui will offer techniques to help you diagnose your unique writing patterns, and meet with you one-on-one to coach to coach a story in progress or build a future writing plan.

This class takes place at the MISA West campus at the Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, AZ.


Featured Writers Include:

Jacqui Banaszynski


Creative nonfiction


MISA West campus at the Tanque Verde Ranch
14301 E Speedway Blvd.
Arizona, United States

Madeline Island School of the Arts

Madeline Island School of the Arts (MISA) is recognized for its world renowned instructors. Classes are held on Madeline Island from June – October in spacious studios with superior on-site accommodations and a full-time staff that will ensure an unforgettable experience.

MISA's main campus is located on Madeline Island, the largest of the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior, in northern Wisconsin. Winter workshops are held at the two MISA West locations: Tucson, AZ and Santa Fe, NM.