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Exercises in Empathy

All Levels | It’s often said that reading makes us better people by increasing our empathy. But the reverse is also true: increased empathy makes us better readers and, as a result, better writers. In this class, we’ll learn how to exercise our empathy through readings, discussions, and writing exercises. Readings will includes excerpts from work by Leslie Jamison, Alice Munro, and others.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through the end of 2020.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Ruth Joffre

Class Type: 2 Sessions

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Start Date: 04/19/2018

End Date: 04/26/2018

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Ruth Joffre

Ruth Joffre is the author of the story collection Night Beast (Grove Atlantic 2018). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Kenyon Review, Mid-American Review, The Masters Review, Prairie Schooner, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Copper Nickel. Her book reviews have been published in The Rumpus, The Millions, Kenyon Review Online, and Colorado Review. Ruth is the 2020-2021 Prose Writer-in-Residence at Hugo House. She lives in Seattle.

Writers I return to: Kelly Link, N. K. Jemisin, Ted Chiang, Jeff VanderMeer, Alexander Chee, Mary Gaitskill, Lydia Davis, Annie Proulx, Kathy Fish

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