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"Eight Ways of Knowing: Research and Creative Nonfiction" with Ann McCutchan

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St. Edward's University, Trustee Hall 303
3001 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

5/2/2015 From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM


$49 for members (please log in for member pricing)

$109 for nonmembers

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Note: Online registration will close at the end of Thursday, April 30. After that you can pay admission at the door with a check or money order for the walk-up rate - $59 for members and $119 for nonmembers - as long as seats are available. Thank you!

In this half-day session, participants will explore “eight ways of knowing" -- a rich assortment of research techniques and source materials that can be applied and deployed to surprising advantage in personal essay, memoir and other types of creative nonfiction.

These “eight ways” include What You Remember, What You Witness, What You Examine, and What You Imagine. Together with four more, they comprise the nonfiction writer’s most important resources in getting at and expressing the personal and factual truths of a work. Writers might not employ all of them in one piece. Often we blend or intertwine two or a few. However we do it, we refine their use as we compose and recompose.

This course will help nonfiction writers of all levels

  • Develop research skills

  • Identify knowledge at hand

  • Practice technique

  • Determine true subjects (They’re not always what we think.)

A combination of lecture, discussion, and writing exercises, the class is open to all levels.  Short advance readings are required.

About the instructor:

Ann McCutchan's work springs from deep interests in the arts, nature, and creativity, and the ways they shape individuals, places, and history. Her books include a biography of French flute virtuoso Marcel Moyse and a volume of interviews with composers about the creative process. In 2011, she published two titles: Circular Breathing: Meditations From a Musical Life (personal essays) and River Music: An Atchafalaya Story, an eco-biography of Louisiana musician Earl Robicheaux and the Atchafalaya River Basin. Ann is currently writing Where's the Moon? a memoir of Florida during the Space Race, and a biography of author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.


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NOTE: Tickets are not refundable, but they are transferable. If you purchase a ticket and then find you cannot attend, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at or 512-499-8914 and let us know so that we can update the class roster. For policies, please visit our Classes page.


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