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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.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through the end of 2020.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

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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$245.00 General Price:

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Christine Hemp

Christine Hemp has aired her essays and poems on NPR’s Morning Edition, and a poem of hers has traveled billions of miles on a NASA mission to monitor the pre-natal activity of stars. She is a speaker for the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau and TEDx. Hemp is the author of That Fall (poems) and Wild Ride Home: Love, Loss and a Little White Horse, A Family Memoir. Her work has appeared recently in the New York Times, Psychology Today, and Tupelo Quarterly.

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