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New insights into nonfiction writing offered at RCC lifelong learning class

Kenna-GThe Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL) will bring back a popular writing instructor this fall. Gail Wilson Kenna will teach “The Craft of Creative Nonfiction” on September 26, and October 3 and 10 (Thursdays), 1-3 p.m., in Room 100 of RCC’s Kilmarnock Center.

This course is designed for persons interested in autobiographical writing, who wish to shape their memories into compelling stories or personal essays. The class is open to writers of all levels of experience and talent, and registrants are assured of a supportive atmosphere for their explorations in the craft of creative non-fiction. It is not, Kenna emphasizes, a repeat of RILL courses in memoir writing that she has previously taught.

Gail Wilson Kenna, a writer and retired university professor, has lived and taught in five countries in addition to the United States, and has recently completed her fourth book. Since 2005, she has taught various literature and writing courses for RILL. After winning a one-time scholarship to the prestigious Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in 2012, Kenna returned this summer for her third attendance at the conference. “It’s a real honor to be accepted to the Bread Loaf!” she says; only 170 students are chosen to attend the conference each year, out of about 1500 applicants. She adds, “My RILL students benefit from my experience, because I return home with lots of ideas for teaching writing and literature . . . and I’ll use this material in my upcoming course.”

Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35, is required to take “The Craft of Creative Non-Fiction.” For more information on this and other RILL courses, or to register, please call Sharon Drotleff at RCC’s Educational Foundation office (804-333-6707, or toll-free at 877-722-3679), or e-mail her at

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