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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.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Spring quarter 2021.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Kate Lebo

Class Type: 6 Sessions

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Term: Spring 2021

Start Date: 05/05/2021

End Date: 06/09/2021

Days of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 7:10 pm – 9:10 pm

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, is forthcoming from FSG. She’s the author of Pie School and co-editor (with Samuel Ligon) of Pie & Whiskey.

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