Embodying Memory // Webinar

The Six Senses of Creative Nonfiction

Embodying Memory // Webinar

When we write about our personal experiences, we often overlook (or think we don’t remember) the small details that bring these experiences to life on the page.

It can become a reflex to skim over scene in a rush to revelation. In this webinar, we will pay attention to the “Six Senses”: Sight, Sound, Smell, Taste, Touch, and Intuition. We will study examples of writers who have mastered the art of slowing down, inhabiting a scene fully until it yields meaning. We will also consider tools that give writers permission to use their imagination in concert with memory. Worksheets and practice exercises will help you use the Six Senses to generate new writing as well as revise existing work.

In this webinar, you will:

  • LEARN how sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, and intuition function in the works of established creative nonfiction writers.
  • GAIN insight into which senses you tend to privilege in your own writing and which you neglect.
  • RECEIVE concrete worksheets and practices for more effectively incorporating sensory details in your own work.
  • CONSIDER how to use these practices to both generate new work and revise existing work.

This webinar is ideal for writers at any level of experience who want to hone their focus on using sensory detail to create vivid writing.


Wednesday, November 25th, 2020

2 pm - 3:15 pm eastern time

Advance registration required.
Space is limited.

$15 if registered by 11/20/2020
$25 if registered after 11/20/2020

Registration will close 24 hours before the event.

A recording of the webinar will be sent out to all registrants three business days after the event.

PLEASE NOTE: It may take a little while for us to process your order and send you the link to the webinar. If you haven't received the link by the morning of the webinar, please email us at information@creativenonfiction.org.


About the instructor: Brenda Miller is the author of five essay collections, including An Earlier Life (Ovenbird Books, 2016), which received the Washington State Book Award for Memoir. She also coauthored Tell It Slant: Creating, Refining and Publishing Creative Nonfiction (3rd edition published 2019) and The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World. Her collaborative collection with Julie Marie Wade, Telephone: Essays in Two Voices, was selected by Hanif Abdurraqib as the winner of the Cleveland State University Press Nonfiction Book Award in 2019, and the book is forthcoming from CSU Press in 2021. Brenda’s collection of writing on writing, A Braided Heart: Essays on Writing and Form, is also forthcoming from University of Michigan Press in 2021. Brenda’s work has received six Pushcart Prizes. She is a professor of English at Western Washington University, and associate faculty at the Rainier Writing Workshop. Her website is www.brendamillerwriter.com.


Questions? Please call us at 412-404-2975 or email the director of education, Sharla Yates, at yates@creativenonfiction.org.