Online: Zoom

Compassionate Nonfiction: Writing about Parents

Friday, March 25th, 10:30am-1:30pm (EST).
Online: Zoom
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max
Only 3 spots left!
We all know that famous Tolstoy line: "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." But how do we write about our uniquely dysfunctional families -- and our parents, in particular -- without being petty? How can we craft rich portraits that show their full, flawed humanity? This class will address the challenge of writing our parents as characters in memoirs and personal essays. Through studying the works of Richard Hoffman, Kiese Laymon, and others, we'll develop strategies for crafting nuanced, provocative portraits that are textured and, ultimately, compassionate.
You'll leave the class with new writing and a fresh approach to putting your parents on the page.

Class Format

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!

Scholarship Information

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