Course Catalog

A Field Researcher’s Guide to Authoritative Storytelling

All Levels | We will infuse narrative with lyric accuracy through careful study of the world. We’ll read Didion, Anzaldúa, Yamashita, Solnit, Washuta, Lebo, Alexander, Lorde, Biss, Grover, and Winterson. Guided by timed prompts based on their finest works, we will produce new writing during generative in-class workshops. Remember: research buoys a story like water carrying a boat. Keep it moving to stay afloat.

Instructor: Kristen Millares Young

Class Type: 8 Sessions

, , ,

Term: Spring 2018

Start Date: 04/10/2018

End Date: 05/29/2018

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 7:10 pm – 9:10 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$337.50 Member Price:
Become a member >

$375.00 General Price:

Class has begun, registration is closed.

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.

See current classes >