This is a brand new offering for Summer Words 2018! The 5-day workshop is by application only and requires submission of a 10-page example of the applicant’s best unpublished work. We also offer a beginning writing workshop that is filled on a first-come, first-served basis and does not require manuscript submission.

$30 application fee and writing sample required. Carefully read all manuscript guidelines before applying.


Margot Lee Shetterly

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Margot Lee Shetterly
is the author of the No. 1 nonfiction best-selling book “Hidden Figures,” and an executive producer of the blockbuster movie based on the book. Before becoming a writer, she worked as an investment banker, spent years as a digital media producer and founded and ran a magazine with her husband, writer Aran Shetterly.

Course Description 

“The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.” A good story well-told has even more meaning when we know that it’s also true. This course will review the tools of narrative nonfiction, and, with students’ own work as case studies, show how to use the raw materials of nonfiction—interviews, newspaper articles, legal briefs, diaries, photos and other quotidian documents—to build a narrative that comes to life on the page.