The Center for Documentary Studies is pleased to offer this new advanced writing class, to be taught by CDS writer in residence Duncan Murrell and novelist and essayist Rosecrans Baldwin.
July 30–August 4, 2012
Center for Documentary Studies
1317 W. Pettigrew St. Durham, North Carolina
This intensive one-week workshop on craft, structure, and the art of writing great narrative nonfiction is a rare opportunity to be guided closely by top editors and writers. It’s one of the most unusual writing courses in the country due to its philosophy, which is that nonfiction that evolves out of fieldwork—call it “journalism” or “documentary writing”—ought to be thought of, and occasionally taught as, an art form. Participants will read and discuss the ongoing projects of fellow students, work individually with the instructors to refine and shape their own projects, participate in readings and round-table discussions, and have access to the world-class Duke University Libraries system.
Read Duncan Murrell’s thoughts on the concept of documentary writing on CDS’s new online writing forum, the True/Story Lab.
Duncan Murrell is writer in residence at CDS. A contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine and The Normal School, his work has also appeared in Guernica, The Oxford American, Southern Cultures, and many other publications. Murrell was an editor at Algonquin Books, where is acquired and edited several national bestsellers in fiction and nonfiction. He is a graduate of Cornell and Northwestern universities and has been a resident at Yaddo.
Rosecrans Baldwin is the author of the new memoir Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down, named a Publishers Weekly Top 10 Travel Books for Spring 2012 and an O, The Oprah Magazine Best Book of June. His debut novel, You Lost Me There, was named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2010, a TIME and Entertainment Weekly Best Book of Summer, and a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice.Baldwin’s essays have appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, The Nation, Salon, Slate, and on NPR’s All Things Considered. In 1999, he co-founded the online arts-and-letters magazine The Morning News.