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Turning Ancestral Research into Narrative

Intermediate | In this class, we’ll build stories of ourselves from letters, photographs, public records, doctors’ prescriptions, dating profiles, and other sources via study of Audre Lorde’s Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, Porochista Khakpour’s Brown Album, Sophia Shalmiyev’s Mother Winter, Elissa Washuta’s My Body is a Book of Rules, and E. J. Koh’s The Magical Language of Others. We’ll combine primary sources and form (translation, fragment, collage, footnotes, timestamps) in service to the nuances of our stories and identities.

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Instructor: Katie Lee Ellison

Class Type: 4 Sessions

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Term: Winter 2022

Start Date: 03/07/2022

End Date: 03/28/2022

Days of the Week: Monday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Katie Lee Ellison

Katie Lee Ellison is an author for the Penguin Random House children's biography series Who was/What was...?, and she is working on a memoir tentatively entitled Everything We Wanted. Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Shenandoah, Moss, Crab Creek Review, Arcadia, Jewish in Seattle, and elsewhere. She holds a BA in English Lit from Wellesley and an MFA from the University of Idaho. She was a 2016-2017 Hugo House Fellow, a 2018 alum of the TENT program at the Yiddish Book Center, and 2020 Tin House Summer Workshop attendee.

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