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Writing About Death

with Katherine E. Standefer

Genres: Nonfiction, Memoir, Essay

Online

Open to all levels

6 Sessions

Start Date: September 27, 2023
End Date: November 1, 2023
Day of Week: Wednesday
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm PT
Capacity: 20 seats
Member Price: $274.50
General Price: $305.00

All humans die. To focus on this fundamental truth can be macabre—yet death exists hand in hand with some of our most powerful, precious, and beautiful experiences. In this nonfiction class, we'll explore the craft of writing about death, noticing the narrative structures and syntax that effectively hold brutal experiences. We'll draw on excerpts and essays from Audre Lorde, Jesmyn Ward, Eva Saulitis, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Emily Rapp Black. Participants will work toward an essay of their own.

Registration dates: 

August 7: Scholarship Donation Day

August 8: Member registration opens at 10:30 am

August 15: General registration opens at 10:30 am

August 21: Last day of Early Bird pricing

Katherine E. Standefer

Katherine E. Standefer

she/her

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. 

Website: www.KatherineStandefer.com

Social Media: @girlmakesfire

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