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Writing True Stories

All Levels | How does one go about rendering the life of another person? Where does the subject end and the writer begin? How do you trust your perspective on the subject you are writing about? And how do you objectively choose which bits of the story to tell? In this class, we’ll look at profiles, biographies, essays, and magazine features while we discuss interview techniques and journalistic “rules” about character creation and dialogue. Students can expect to produce one polished profile from start to finish or make headway on a work-in-progress.

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: Emily White

Class Type: 6 Sessions


Term: Winter 2021

Start Date: 01/07/2021

End Date: 02/11/2021

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Emily White

Emily White has published two books of literary journalism: Fast Girls, Teenage Tribes and the Myth of the Slut (Scribner 2002) and You Will Make Money in Your Sleep (Scribner 2007). The latter is a biography of a white collar criminal/friend which Kirkus called, “Riveting…A feverish recollection of boom times, paranoia, celebrity and greed.” She has published features in the New York Times Magazine, Seattle Met, The Stranger and many other venues, and her work has been optioned by Paramount, plagiarized by Law and Order (an honor), and lectured about in the Harvard-Berlin dialogues. As Senior Editor at The Poetry Foundation she helped launch the blog, “Harriett,” and build the feature well. She was an early writer-in-residence at Hugo House, teaching courses in fiction and nonfiction and putting on events. For fifteen years she’s been part of the core faculty of Queens University’s low-residency MFA program. She lives in Seattle with her 15-year-old daughter who is rapidly becoming her role model.

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