T. Kira Madden

MFA, Sarah Lawrence College. Madden’s work has appeared in PEN America, Guernica, and The Kenyon Review. She is the founding editor-in-chief of No Tokens, a magazine of literature and art, and facilitates writing workshops for homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals. A 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in nonfiction literature from the New York Foundation for the Arts, she has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook, Tin House, DISQUIET, Summer Literary Seminars, and Yaddo, where she was selected for the 2017 Linda Collins Endowed Residency Award. Her debut memoir, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury in 2019. SLC, 2018–

Graduate Courses

Writing 2018-2019

Nonfiction Craft: Storying the Self

Craft—Fall

How do we take the sprawl of life—with its many characters, events, timelines, memories—and distill the human experience to a cohesive and gripping story? How do we find the narrative electricity in the mundane? This class will focus on the elements of story with a particular emphasis on structure. We’ll study classic forms, episodic timelines, and experimental narratives with an objective to chisel a dramatic arc from our lives. We’ll also discuss the terms on which one forges a relationship of trust between writer and audience—the compromises that we might weigh and the permissions that may or may not be granted by this foundation. We will use the architectures behind the assigned readings as a blueprint and gateway for our own writing exercises. Texts will include work by: Kristen Arnett, Charles Baxter, Alison Bechdel, Brian Blanchfield, Durga Chew-Bose, Julie Buntin, Alexander Chee, Rachel Cusk, Sonali Deraniyagala, Joan Didion, Annie Dillard, Kristin Dombek, Eliese Colette Goldbach, Samantha Irby, Leslie Jamison, Kiese Laymon, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, Sarah Manguso, Mary Ruefle, Lidia Yuknavitch, and Jenny Zhang.

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