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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.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online until further notice. If there's a possibility that your class might take place in person, you will be notified in advance. Even if classes can be held in person, there will always be a hybrid option to participate via Zoom.

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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

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Christopher Frizzelle

Christopher Frizzelle is the editor of the print edition of The Stranger, where he’s worked since 2003. He edited a feature story that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012. He is the co-author of How to Be a Person, with Dan Savage and Lindy West. He is also the inventor and host of the silent-reading party, which happens monthly at the Sorrento Hotel and has been replicated in cities around the world. Find him on Twitter @thefrizzelle.

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