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Finding Your Subject and Your Authority in Nonfiction

Intermediate | This is a class about strategies writers use to discover their subjects and develop their authority while not-knowing, and how this essential risk can lead to greater vulnerability, complexity, and artistic surprise. We’ll read a lot—whole books by Rebecca Brown, Helen Garner, and Margot Jefferson. We’ll study the ways nonfiction becomes larger than what it’s “about.” Then we’ll find our own subjects via multiple kinds of research and self-interrogation. Each student’s weekly writing will culminate in a finished essay.

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Instructor: Kate Lebo

Class Type: 6 Sessions

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Start Date: 05/05/2021

End Date: 06/09/2021

Days of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 7:10 pm – 9:10 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Kate Lebo

Kate Lebo’s writing is anthologized in Best American Essays 2015 and her first collection of nonfiction, The Book of Difficult Fruit, was published by FSG in Spring 2021. She’s the author of Pie School and co-editor (with Samuel Ligon) of Pie & Whiskey.

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