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Seattle Writes: Better Storytelling Through Research
Sunday, Sep. 23, 2018, 2 – 4 p.m.
Seattle Writes: Better Storytelling Through Research
WhereColumbia Branch
Room LocationThe Weiland Family Meeting Room
Class typeOther
AudienceAdults
LanguageEnglish
SummaryKristen Millares Young guides writers through ways research works with storytelling in nonfiction work.
DescriptionIn this generative class, you will learn to infuse narrative with lyric accuracy through careful study of the world. We research to build the authority to astonish readers. Immerse yourself in as many sources as possible, and stay open to surprise. Jot everything down at the moment that it occurs to you. When it is time to write, put your notes aside. Remember to worship the story. Research guides, but it does not control. Research carries a story like water carries a boat. Keep moving. Stay afloat. Guided by Gloria Anzaldúa, Elissa Washuta and Audre Lorde, you’ll produce new writing using timed prompts I’ve designed based on their finest works. Bring your laptop or pen and paper.

Kristen Millares Young is a journalist, essayist, and the author of the novel “Subduction,” forthcoming from Red Hen Press in spring 2020. She is Writer-in-Residence at Hugo House and teaches at the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference. Her work has been featured by the Guardian, the New York Times, Crosscut, Hobart, Moss, City Arts Magazine, Pacifica Literary Review, KUOW 94.9-FM, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Miami Herald, the Buenos Aires Herald and TIME Magazine. Her personal essays are anthologized in “Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter & Booze” and “Latina Outsiders: Remaking Latina Identity” (forthcoming).

Kristen has been a fellow at the University of California at Berkeley’s Knight Digital Media Center, the Jack Straw Writing Program, and the University of Washington Graduate School. She was the researcher for the New York Times team that produced “Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek,” which won a Pulitzer and a Peabody. Kristen serves as board chair of InvestigateWest, a nonprofit news studio she co-founded in the Pacific Northwest.
Class NotesLibrary events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required for this writing class, but seating is limited. Seating will be on a first come, first seated basis. Doors to the meeting room will open 30 minutes prior to the start of the class. We’ll try our best to make room for all interested writers, but students may be turned away if the room is filled to capacity. Due to the fire code, we cannot exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.

Please bring a pen/pencil and paper or fully-charged laptop to each class.

Accommodation requests may be made with seven days advanced notice to LEAP or call (206) 615-1380 (v/tty).

Seattle Writes supports local writers through programs, workshops, write-ins, and by providing spaces to work throughout the city.

The Seattle Writes series is made possible with the generous support of The Seattle Public Library Foundation. Find out more about Seattle Writes programs and resources.
Contact InfoColumbia Branch
Contact Phone206-386-1908
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Room CapacitySpace is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.
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