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 novel Foreign (Random House India, 2013) and the essay collection/memoir How to Raise a Feminist Son: Motherhood, Masculinity, and the Making of My Family (Sasquatch Books USA/Penguin Random House India 2021). She is a professor of journalism at Seattle University. Formerly a journalist in India and Singapore, her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Seattle Times, DAME, and several anthologies. Sonora was the 2016–18 Hugo House Prose Writer-in-Residence. She teaches classes for Creative Nonfiction, Hugo House, Hedgebrook, and Seattle Public Libraries. Sonora is currently working on a second novel.