Narrative Nonfiction with Jim Auchmutey

Instructor: Jim Auchmutey


We all know how to tell a story, yet when it comes to writing one, we often become our own worst enemy. We tell readers what to think and feel. We throw in extraneous details because we have them. We telegraph the ending. Memorable stories do not happen in the inverted pyramid of journalism school; they unfold like the ghost tales we told as kids. In this six-week course, we’ll learn how to recapture that natural sense of storytelling. We’ll study examples, do some writing, critique each other’s work. Useful for anyone looking to write a book, memoir, essays, magazine articles, journalism small or large, or better blog posts.

All levels of writers welcome.

Class Limit is 12.


$ 350.00



Biography: Jim Auchmutey’s most recent book is Smokelore: A Short History of Barbecue in America. He’s also author of The Class of ’65: A Student, a Divided Town, and the Long Road to Forgiveness, named one of ten books all Georgians should read by the Georgia Center for the Book. He was a reporter and editor at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for almost 30 years, where he was twice named the Cox newspaper chain’s writer of the year and won a James Beard Foundation award for his food writing.

Contact Information: info@decaturwritersstudio.com

Date(s): September 9 - October 28 (skipping October 21)

Class time: Mondays, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Type of Class: 6-Week Class


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