True Stories, Well-Told: The Art of Nonfiction Storytelling by Will Buckingham, 21-27 March 2022

Apply with a sample of your writing to victoriad.kostova@gmail.com by 10 March 2022.

Creative nonfiction is hard to pin down. Sometimes called “the literature of reality”, creative nonfiction is as multifaceted and mercurial as reality itself. It is a genre that covers everything from memoir to nature writing, from travel writing to the art of crafting intensely personal essays. But what unites all these different forms of writing is a commitment to telling true stories about the richness of the world of which we are a part.In this workshop, nonfiction writer Will Buckingham introduces you to the art, the craft and the challenges of telling powerful true stories.

Will Buckingham (born 28 September 1971) is an novelist, non-fiction writer, and philosopher. Born in Norfolk. His education includes a master’s degree in anthropology from Durham (1997) and a PhD in philosophy from Staffordshire University (2007). Buckingham, held various academic posts including Reader in Writing and Creativity at De Montfort University, visiting associate professor at Sichuan University, and visiting professor of global cultures at the Parami Institute, Yangon. Buckingham’s novels often incorporate elements of his academic interests in philosophy and anthropology. The theme of “otherness” is ever present. This is explored in his book Stealing with the Eyes about his experience doing anthropological research in the Tanimbar Islands, Indonesia (also the setting of the novel Cargo fever). An interest in the I-Ching led him to learn Chinese, travel to China, and write a novel, 64 Pieces, that consisted of 64 short stories inspired by the 64 hexagrams. His fiction has been translated into many languages. The children’s book The Snorgh and the Sailor was shortlisted for the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards, 2013. Buckingham is currently based in Yangon, Myanmar where he teaches creative writing. In 2019, The Bookseller announced that Granta Books had acquired the rights for Buckingham’s new novel Hello Stranger to be published in 2020.

Program:

21 March – Access to First Video Lecture and First task for reflection

22 March – Deadline to submit the first task (until 2 p.m. BG time)

23 March – Access to Second Video Lecture and feedback by the instructor

24 March– Deadline to submit the first draft (until 6 p.m. BG time)

25 March – First individual consultation (times to be provided in BG time)

26 March – Revision of the first draft (until 6 p.m. BG time)

27 March– Second individual consultation (times to be provided in BG time)

The workshop is conducted with the support of National Culture Fund.