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Trust the Details: Finding the Aha in Your Essay

Like poetry, literary nonfiction opens the reader to an “aha” experience. Whether you’re writing about art, fly fishing, scientific theory, a trip to Tibet, or family history, the thing that distinguishes the literary essay or memoir from run-of-the-mill journalism is its music, its disparate connecting chords. The best literary nonfiction writers learn to trust the details, weave them in concert, and discover a larger meaning—surprising themselves as well as their readers. This class will help you cultivate voice, tune in to the “ear” of language, and find a shape for your unique story.

Instructor: Christine Hemp

Class Type: 3 Sessions

Start Date: 09/16/2014

End Date: 09/18/2014

Days of the Week: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Time: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$220.50 Member Price:
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Christine Hemp

Christine Hemp has worked with S’Klallam tribal elders, Microsoft managers, Episcopal clergy, police officers, and youth offenders. Her poems and essays have aired on NPR, and she has received numerous awards, including a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship for Literature. She is currently on the 2019-2020 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau for her talk “From Homer to #hashtags” which explores our changing language—and how it changes us.

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