Raising the Dead: Bringing Facts to Life in Creative Nonfiction (virtual) with Tyler LeBlanc

How do you turn your months, years, even decades of careful research into a compelling story? How do you translate those facts that you find so riveting and integral to your story into vivid scenes and illuminating passages? How do you make the facts work for you? In this workshop we’ll explore creative ways to find, process, and reimagine the very bedrock of nonfiction – the truth. Through discussions, writing exercises, and workshop sessions, we’ll dig into research techniques, scene creation, structure, and how you fit into it all. We’ll talk about how to research and write your way out of a dead-end, and how to extend your creativity into your fact-finding missions. Participants are encouraged to bring an idea for a piece of creative nonfiction to develop or a work-in-progress to workshop with the group.

About the instructor: Tyler LeBlanc’s debut book, Acadian Driftwood: One Family and the Great Expulsion, won the Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award and the Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing and was a finalist for the Dartmouth Book Award for Non-Fiction and the Margaret and John Savage Award for Best First Book (Non-Fiction). Tyler lives in Lunenburg and splits his time between writing, editing, and building barns.

Recommended experience level: New and emerging nonfiction writers, including more establish authors who are new to nonfiction forms

Location: Zoom

Dates of 4-week workshop: Wednesdays, Apr 6 + Apr 13 + Apr 20 + Apr 27, 2022 (7:00pm to 9:00pm Atlantic)

Price: At this time, registration for this workshop is restricted to current WFNS members. However, membership is open to all who write or have an interest in writing. (Find out how to join or renew.)

Member Price: $149

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