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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.

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.

Classes with "Zoom" in the title will be held via Zoom even after our doors open. Classes listed as "Online" will be held on Wet Ink, our platform for asynchronous learning.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Sonora Jha

Class Type: 8 Sessions

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Term: Summer 2020

Start Date: 06/29/2020

End Date: 08/17/2020

Days of the Week: Monday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 10

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Sonora Jha

Sonora Jha is the author of the novel Foreign, published in 2013 by Random House India. She is a professor of journalism and media studies at Seattle University. Formerly a journalist in India and Singapore, her recent political essays and Op-Eds have been published in the New York Times, the Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly and the Globalist. Apart from her academic and journalistic writing, she is currently finishing work on a memoir. Sonora is a 2016-2018 Hugo House Writer-in-Residence.

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