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What I Am Here to Say: Voice and Purpose in the Personal Essay

All Levels | Why do we disclose our deepest desires and fears in the personal essay? Why would one person’s walk in the city mean anything to someone else? How might one plumb one’s anger to find the hidden vulnerability (or vice versa)? Over these four weeks, we will read some beautiful personal essays and follow some writing prompts to deepen our voice and find our purpose in this dazzling literary form.

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

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Instructor: Sonora Jha

Class Type: 4 Sessions

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Start Date: 03/04/2021

End Date: 03/25/2021

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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$240.00 General Price:

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Sonora Jha

Sonora Jha is the author of the novel Foreign (Random House India, 2013) and the essay collection/memoir How to Raise a Feminist Son: Motherhood, Masculinity, and the Making of My Family (Sasquatch Books USA/Penguin Random House India 2021). She is a professor of journalism at Seattle University. Formerly a journalist in India and Singapore, her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Seattle Times, DAME, and several anthologies. Sonora was the 2016–18 Hugo House Prose Writer-in-Residence. She teaches classes for Creative Nonfiction, Hugo House, Hedgebrook, and Seattle Public Libraries. Sonora is currently working on a second novel.

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