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Like poetry, literary non-fiction opens the reader to an ‘aha’ experience. Whether you are writing about art, fly-fishing, scientific theory, a trip to Tibet, or family history, what 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.
* Class dates and times will be:
Mar. 28: 6-9 pm
Mar. 29: 1-5 pm
Mar. 30: 1-5 pm
Christine Hemp has aired her essays and poems on NPR’s Morning Edition. Her awards include a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship for Literature, an Iowa Review Award for Nonfiction, and the Harvard University Extension Award for Teaching Writing. She has been selected for the 2019 and 2020 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau for her talk “From Homer to #hashtags” which explores how language changes—and also changes us.