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True Stories, Real People: When Your ‘Characters’ Know Where You Live

Introductory / Intermediate | How do you bring nonfiction subjects to life without getting sued — or stabbed? This class will cover the challenges and thrills of writing about real human beings — public figures, dead people, friends, and trickiest of all: family — in narrative nonfiction, journalism, essay, biography, and memoir. We’ll read and discuss examples of writers who deftly craft true stories about real-life subjects. We’ll do a few in-class and take-home writing exercises, and discuss our work. We’ll host a special guest author visit.

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: Neal Thompson

Class Type: 4 Sessions

Start Date: 03/05/2020

End Date: 03/26/2020

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$216.00 Member Price:
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$240.00 General Price:

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Neal Thompson

Neal Thompson is the author of five books, most recently the memoir, Kickflip Boys (Ecco, 2018). A former newspaper reporter, Neal's journalism has appeared in Esquire, Outside, and the Wall Street Journal, among many other publications. He's writing a book about the Irish immigrant Kennedys. He lives in Seattle with his family.

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