Literary Codeswitching:

Writing Fiction & Nonfiction Without Losing Your Mind

Jesse J. Holland, MFA
Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a new date, as the original date of 4/1/19 had to be rescheduled, due to Jesse's nomination of an NAACP Image Award for his book "Who Is the Black Panther?" Go Jesse!

Buchner Hall - Alumni House (Directions / Campus Map)

Program Description

What's your story Are you thinking of writing a memoir to reflect upon your life, or to preserve your family stories for future generations? Or are you interested in crafting fiction in order to spark your imagination, create mysteries, or fuel your sense of adventure? There are many shared storytelling tools within the constructs of writing for both fiction and nonfiction. Learn how to recognize these tools and how they may be used to craft your own narrative as you share your unique story. 

Suggested Supplementary Readings

Goucher Faculty in the MFA in Nonfiction program:

Faculty Friday with Jesse Holland:

Jesse’s website:

Find Jesse on Twitter:

About the Presenter

Jesse HollandJesse Holland is an award-winning writer and journalist, and novelist, as well as the author of the first novel featuring comics’ most popular black superhero, The Black Panther. In “Black Panther: Who Is the Black Panther?” Holland retells the classic story of T’Challa, the original Black Panther, and updates it for the new century, giving new fans and longtime die-hard aficionados a good platform and some inside information for the “Black Panther” movie from Marvel Studios.

Mr. Holland is also the author of the "The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African American Slavery Inside The White House," which was named as the 2017 silver medal award winner in U.S. History in the Independent Publisher Book Awards, and one of the top history books of 2016 by Additional nonfiction works include "Black Men Built The Capitol: Discovering African American History In and Around Washington, D.C." His fictional writings include "Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Finn's Story," and co-creating the late comic strip, "Hippie and the Black Guy."

In addition to his books, Holland is also a Race & Ethnicity writer for The Associated Press, as well as a former White House, Supreme Court and Congressional reporter.

Holland hails from Holly Springs, Mississippi, and is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a Liberal Arts degree with an emphasis in journalism and English. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College in 2012.