Liz Stephens

Workshop Leader

lizLiz Stephens is the author of a memoir, The Days Are Gods, and contributor to Norton’s Brief Encounters: Contemporary Nonfiction and Dirt: A Love Story, out on New England Press. She served as managing editor of Brevity, an online journal of concise nonfiction essays, has a PhD in Creative Nonfiction, and has been a finalist for both the Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction and the Duke Documentary Essay Prize.

She works in all forms of nonfiction from memoir to essay, lyric essay to narrative journalism. She has taught workshops on using historical research for personal essay, working from prompts in art and poetry to generate memoir, and using fiction techniques – scenes, vibrant dialogue, tension, arc, character – in memoir writing. She has edited and assisted advanced nonfiction writers in focusing their work, but loves and values beginners for their excitement and commitment.

She’s lived in Los Angeles for 15 years, though she lived on a farm in the middle there for a bit. She loves dogs. She’s Oklahoma Choctaw but was raised “suburban white” in the Midwest. She thinks mean people suck and are a little bit silly.

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