Nonfiction, The Writing Life

  • Term: Winter 2023
  • Start Date: February 4, 2023
  • End Date: February 5, 2023
  • Day of Week: Saturday, Sunday
  • Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm PT
  • Level: Advanced
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: Online
  • Availability: Yes
  • Public Price: $180.00
  • Member Price: $162.00

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Essay Collection or Memoir?

You've got a story to tell and ideas to share—but should you write an essay collection or a memoir? In this 6-hour intensive, writers will identify potential "centers of gravity" in their material, consider the arc of narrator change, reckon with repetition, discuss unifying features, pinpoint their work's central questions, and confront whether shame, fear, or an aversion to the work of dismantling existing essays could be shaping their books. Participants will complete a pre-class writing project inventory.

Registration dates:

December 5: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

December 6: Member registration opens

December 13: General registration opens

Katherine E. Standefer

Katherine E. Standefer


Katherine E. Standefer is the author of Lightning Flowers: My Journey to Uncover the Cost of Saving a Life (Little, Brown Spark 2020), which was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize in Nonfiction, an NYT Book Review Editor’s Choice, and shortlisted for the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Prize from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. Lightning Flowers was featured on NPR’s Fresh Air, on the goop podcast, and in O, The Oprah Magazine, and People Magazine. Standefer earned her MFA at the University of Arizona. Her writing appeared in The Best American Essays 2016 and won the 2015 Iowa Review Award in Nonfiction. Standefer was a 2018 Logan Nonfiction Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good and a 2017 Marion Weber Healing Arts Fellow at the Mesa Refuge. She currently lives in the Tetons. 


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