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The Political Essay

This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom), Pacific Time.

All Levels | As we reckon with our world in the midst of a pandemic and as we head into an election, you might have a thing or two to say. Craft that chapter in your memoir where the personal meets the political, that op-ed you have the authority to write, or that cultural critique for a literary journal. Learning from James Baldwin, Rebecca Solnit, Arundhati Roy, Lindy West, George Orwell, Mindy Kaling, and others, we will generate essays that tap into your own rage or your biting wit. Expect to leave with at least one strong essay and a pitch for an editor.

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Instructor: Sonora Jha

Class Type: 8 Sessions

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Start Date: 06/29/2020

End Date: 08/17/2020

Days of the Week: Monday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 10

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Sonora Jha

Sonora Jha is the author of the novel Foreign (Random House India, 2013) and the essay collection/memoir How to Raise a Feminist Son: Motherhood, Masculinity, and the Making of My Family (Sasquatch Books USA/Penguin Random House India 2021). She is a professor of journalism at Seattle University. Formerly a journalist in India and Singapore, her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Seattle Times, DAME, and several anthologies. Sonora was the 2016–18 Hugo House Prose Writer-in-Residence. She teaches classes for Creative Nonfiction, Hugo House, Hedgebrook, and Seattle Public Libraries. Sonora is currently working on a second novel.

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