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Introductory / Intermediate | How do you bring nonfiction subjects to life without getting sued — or stabbed? This class will cover the challenges and thrills of writing about real human beings — public figures, dead people, friends, and trickiest of all: family — in narrative nonfiction, journalism, essay, biography, and memoir. We’ll read and discuss examples of writers who deftly craft true stories about real-life subjects. We’ll do a few in-class and take-home writing exercises, and discuss our work. We’ll host a special guest author visit.
Neal Thompson is the author of five books, most recently the memoir, Kickflip Boys (Ecco, 2018). A former newspaper reporter, Neal's journalism has appeared in Esquire, Outside, and the Wall Street Journal, among many other publications. He's writing a book about the Irish immigrant Kennedys. He lives in Seattle with his family.