Creative Loitering: A Nonfiction Workshop

Charles D'Ambrosio said that, “Writing an essay is a form of loitering—a lingering, a skulking, a meandering.” In this workshop, we'll invoke a singular event, image, memory, or person to begin writing a piece of creative nonfiction with no intentions of where, why, or how we might end it. Poet and essayist Christian Wiman once said that a poem is a failure if it ends how the poet intended it to end. We'll begin writing our personal essays, or histories, with this same mindset and with the hope to change.

Win Bassett has served as a teacher, coach, and advisor at Montgomery Bell Academy, a boys’ school in Tennessee, since 2015. His writing has appeared in publications including  The Atlantic ,  The Washington Post ,  Oxford American , and  The Paris Review Daily . He lives in Nashville with his wife, Gracie, and their golden retriever, Ellie.

Win Bassett has served as a teacher, coach, and advisor at Montgomery Bell Academy, a boys’ school in Tennessee, since 2015. His writing has appeared in publications including The AtlanticThe Washington PostOxford American, and The Paris Review Daily. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Gracie, and their golden retriever, Ellie.