Bich Minh Nguyen (first name pronounced Bic) is the author of the memoir Stealing Buddha's Dinner (Viking Penguin), which received the PEN/Jerard Award and was named a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the year and the 2009-2010 Great Michigan Read. Her novel Short Girls (Viking Penguin) received an American Book Award. She has co-edited three anthologies and her work has also appeared in numerous anthologies. She teaches creative writing in the MFA Program at Purdue University.
Workshop: Creating Nonfiction: Memoirs and Personal Essays
In this workshop we will explore the dynamic field of creative nonfiction, with an emphasis on memoir and personal essays. After pinpointing our subject(s) or series of linked ideas, we will talk about how best to shape our work. For those workshop participants interested in or already underway with longer projects, we can also go over strategies for creating and structuring book-length manuscripts. We will discuss some of the main elements of creative nonfiction, such as narrative technique, voice, language, and form. We will also talk about memory and subjectivity, perspective and metaphor, and how to turn our experiences and observations into beautiful and meaningful prose.
Bich Minh Nguyen on the Web