I’m very excited to announce a new 4-week long, online course: Past Present. This new course will focus on research tools for creative writing. The course is appropriate both for creative folk, (writers, storytellers, etc,) but also for research folk (genealogists, historians) interested in creating literature.
We’ll study how to find the details to be able to write a vivid narrative. We’ll conduct interviews, mine archives and read old newspapers. We’ll talk about using sensory details ethically, how to construct a scene, and how to be an engaging narrator. In addition we’ll look at ways to apply these techniques to personal history and make personal history of public relevance.
Alison Bergblom Johnson writes creative nonfiction and plays. She focuses on neglected personal stories about the past that intersect with the present. The stories she tells aren’t supposed to be talked about – they are often considered “too personal.” She tells stories that buoy insiders and educate outsiders. Her work connects to larger political movements: particularly women’s, lesbian, and disability rights.
Alison Bergblom Johnson writes creative nonfiction and plays. Fiction Fix and Diverse Voices Quarterly, among others, have published her nonfiction. She was a resident of the Arts Retreat at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center. She has read her work at the Walker Art Center and 7th Street Entry. Her one-woman show, Other Than Tragedy, and a group show in resistance to sexual violence have premiered in the Minnesota Fringe Festival.