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Joan Didion’s Creative Nonfiction

All Levels | We will read the best of Joan Didion’s personal essays and talk about the ways in which they changed literature forever. By centering a woman’s perspective in the major events of her day, and by combining the instincts of a reporter with the techniques of a novelist, Didion’s work did things that had never been done on the page before. Students should purchase or borrow Didion’s essay collections The White Album (1979) and After Henry (1992), as we will be reading selections from each. Students will be given the opportunity to complete optional writing prompts inspired by Didion’s moods and modes.

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Instructor: Christopher Frizzelle

Class Type: 8 Sessions

Start Date: 07/09/2019

End Date: 08/27/2019

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 7:10 pm – 9:10 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Christopher Frizzelle

Christopher Frizzelle is a writer, teacher, and former editor-in-chief of The Stranger, where a story he edited won a Pulitzer Prize. He is co-author of the book How to Be a Person, and the founder and host of the Silent Reading Party, which has been written about by the New York Times, Travel + Leisure, and Poets & Writers. He holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Bennington College, and he lives in Seattle.

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