The Art of Non-Fiction (Afternoon)

with Mark Kurlansky


In this four-day class, Mark will work closely with non-fiction writers on issues including:


  • Zeroing in on your topic—finding the fascination that lies hidden in plain sight.
  • Efficient research techniques to find gems of factual reality.
  • Meeting the challenges of nonfiction publishing.

4 Afternoons:  Monday 11/11–Thursday 11/14 | 1:30-4:30pm


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Mark Kurlansky is a beloved teacher of writing.  In addition to numerous guest lectures at Columbia University School of Journalism, Yale University, Colby College, Grinnell College, the University of Dayton  and various other schools, he has taught a two week creative writing class in Assisi, Italy, a one week intensive non-fiction workshop in Devon, England for the Arvon Foundation, and has guest lectured all over the world on history, writing, environmental issues, and other subjects. 

He is the widely acknowledged master of single-topic nonfiction. His bestsellers Cod, Salt, Milk, and Paper—among his thirty other booksshowed his many devoted readers the overlooked charm of the commonplace.

The New York Times Book Review describes him as “Brilliant… Journalistic skills might be part of a writer’s survival kit, but they infrequently prove to be the foundation for literary success, as they have here. …. Kurlansky has a wonderful ear for the syntax and rhythm of the vernacular… For all the seriousness of Kurlansky’s cultural entanglements, it is nevertheless a delight to experience his sophisticated sense of play and, at times, his outright wicked sense of humor.”