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Introductory / Intermediate | Whether you’re writing a memoir, a long essay, or flash nonfiction, this class is for you. We’ll read and discuss examples of autobiographical literature, discuss elements of craft (i.e. tension, chronology, vivid description, point-of-view), and celebrate the artistic possibilities of writing one’s life. Authors will include Jeanette Winterson, Naomi Shihab Nye, Jo Ann Beard, and Jesse Stuart. With in-class writing exercises and instructor guidance, you’ll find a structure for your narratives and a conduit for your imagination.
Janée J. Baugher is the author of two poetry collections, Coördinates of Yes (Ahadada Books) and The Body’s Physics (Tebot Bach), and she holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University. Her writing has been published in over 100 journals, including Boulevard, Nano Fiction, The Writer’s Chronicle, and The American Journal of Poetry. Baugher’s interdisciplinary collaborations include work with visual artists, composers, and choreographers. She’s had a dozen poems adapted for the stage and set to music at University of Cincinnati, Ohio’s Contemporary Dance Theatre, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Florida’s Dance Now! Ensemble. Baugher has presented her poetry at festivals such as Bumbershoot and Folklife, as well as at the Library of Congress.