Writing About the Ones You Love
The people we love have a way of showing up in our fiction and nonfiction. How do we tell our truths and stay compassionate to theirs? How do we write with humor, courage, rage, or beauty about the ones we love(d)? We’ll look at the work of renowned writers for inspiration, and you’ll learn to find the moments and voices that lend themselves best to the story you want to tell—as well as how to navigate the ethics and perils of writing uncomfortable truths.
Sonora Jha is the author of the memoir How to Raise a Feminist Son (2021) and the novel Foreign (2013). After a career as a journalist covering crime, politics, and culture in India and Singapore, she moved to the United States to earn a Ph.D. in media and public affairs. Sonora’s OpEds, essays, and public appearances have featured in The New York Times, on BBC, and elsewhere. She is a professor of journalism and lives in Seattle. She teaches fiction and essay writing for Hugo House, Hedgebrook Writers’ Retreat, and Seattle Public Library. She is an alumna and board member of Hedgebrook and has served on the jury for awards for Artist Trust, Hedgebrook, and Hugo House. Her new novel, The Laughter, is forthcoming from Harper Via in early 2023.