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Online Nonfiction Writers’ Workshop With Francisco Cantú

September 14, 2021 - October 8, 2021


The Course: This craft-focused course aims to provide both a generative space for creating new work as well as a virtual forum for conversation, revision, and critique. At the center of our inquiry will be the question of how to write about landscape while avoiding cliché and acknowledging the historical erasure that so often underlies our understanding of place. Together we will look beyond traditional approaches to writing, exploring interdisciplinary and site-specific ways of being attentive to the outside world as we find new ways of responding to landscape, the histories it holds, and the narratives that flow from it.

The Instructor: Francisco Cantú is a writer, translator, and the author of The Line Becomes a Riverwinner of the 2018 Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction. His writing and translations have been featured in The New Yorker, Best American Essays, and VQR, as well as on This American Life. A lifelong resident of the Southwest, he now lives in Tucson, where he coordinates the Field Studies in Writing Program at the University of Arizona, a residency that fosters work at the intersection of border justice and environmental issues. In addition to working with MFA students, Cantú has facilitated and co-taught workshops for writers of all ages at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Under The Volcano, and the UA Poetry Center. He is currently at work on a collection of essays interrogating landscape, identity, and myth. Photo by David Taylor.

Duration: This class meets twice a week over four consecutive Tuesdays and Fridays from 6-8pm ET.

Application Period: The application period is now closed.

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September 14, 2021
October 8, 2021
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