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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, 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.