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A Field Researcher’s Guide to Authoritative Storytelling

All Levels. We will learn to infuse narrative with lyric accuracy through careful study of the world. Guided by authors and poets who take deep dives into their subjects, we will produce new writing during generative in-class workshops. The instructor will also offer individual consultations about one piece from each participant. Remember: research buoys a story like water carrying a boat. Keep it moving to stay afloat.

Reading & Workshop Schedule

Week One: “Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream” by Joan Didion.

Week Two:  “How to Tame a Wild Tongue” by Gloria Anzaldúa and For the Time Being (excerpt) by Annie Dillard. Workshop begins.

Week Three: I Hotel (excerpt) by Karen Tei Yamashita.Workshop 2.

Week Four:  The Faraway Nearby (excerpt) by Rebecca Solnit and “Apocalypse Logic” by Elissa Washuta. Workshop 3.

Week Five: The Loudproof Room and The Unsealed Ear by Kate Lebo. Workshop 4.

Week Six:  Crave Radiance (excerpt) by Elizabeth Alexander and Zami: A New Spelling of My Name (excerpt) by Audre Lorde. Workshop 5.

Week Seven:  On Immunity: An Innoculation (excerpt) by Eula Biss and The End of My Career (excerpt) by Martha Grover. Workshop 6.

Week Eight: The Passion (excerpt) by Jeanette Winterson. Workshop 7. Wrap up.

Class Structure

7:10 -7:55 Lecture and discussion of readings.

7:55-8:05 Break

8:05 – 8:30 Generative writing session based on the day’s craft lesson

8:30 – 9:10 Peer sharing of produced work in smaller groups alongside my individual consultation of your work, two consults per class of 20 minutes each.

Instructor: Kristen Millares Young

Class Type: 8 Sessions

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Start Date: 10/18/2017

No Class On: 11/22/2017

End Date: 12/13/2017

Days of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 7:10 pm – 9:10 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Kristen Millares Young

Kristen Millares Young is a writer and journalist whose work has been featured by the Guardian, The New York Times, KUOW 94.9-FM, Hobart, City Arts Magazine, Pacifica Literary Review, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Miami Herald, TIME Magazine and the Buenos Aires Herald. As researcher, Kristen was the only non-staffer on the NYT team that produced “Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek,” which won a Pulitzer and a Peabody. Hailed by the Stranger as one of the “fresh new faces in Seattle fiction,” she was a 2014 Jack Straw Writing Fellow. Kristen graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts from the History and Literature Department, and from the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Washington, where she studied and taught writing. She is a co-founder and board chair of InvestigateWest, a nonprofit journalism center in the northwest. @kristenmillares

Teaching philosophy: What do powerful writers know? They know that personal experience – each human being’s subjective perception of the world – is the single largest factor for determining how that person views the world. What do powerful writers do? They take their lived experience and, using both recollection and imagination, transform it into words that compel others to feel what the author has found and portrayed. What do powerful writers discover through careful examination of their work? They learn that their characters and plots often reach for epiphanies unfounded by the scenes provided in their narratives. That recognition compels writers to seek revelations from other sources, whether readings or workshop commentary, and to revise their work, again and again. In revision awaits transformation. Why does writing matter? Writing teaches us to understand the world around us. In turn, it helps us to be understood by others. There can be no greater hope.

Writers I return to: Come to my class. We’ll get into all of that and more. Or you can take the easy way out and check out my instagram @theyoungbolt, but I’ve only been posting book covers for a few months now.

Favorite writing advice: Ass in chair.

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