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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.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Winter quarter 2021.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Sonora Jha

Class Type: 4 Sessions

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Term: Winter 2021

Start Date: 03/04/2021

End Date: 03/25/2021

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Sonora Jha

Sonora Jha is the author of the novel Foreign, published in 2013 by Random House India. She is a professor of journalism and media studies at Seattle University. Formerly a journalist in India and Singapore, her essays and op-eds have been published in the New York Times, the Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, and the Globalist. Sonora was the 2016–2018 Hugo House prose writer-in-residence. Her new book, How to Raise a Feminist Son: Motherhood, Masculinity, and the Making of My Family will be out from Sasquatch Books in April 2021.

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