Combining the Personal and the Political: A Craft Class with Toni Jensen

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Combining the Personal and the Political: A Craft Class with Toni Jensen

Nonfiction craft class with Toni Jensen

By EWU's Get Lit! Programs

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Friday, April 21 · 12:30 - 2:30pm PDT


Spokane Public Library - Central 906 West Main Avenue Spokane, WA 99201

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  • 2 hours
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Combining the Personal and the Political: Weaving your Stories with the World’s News

We’re all influenced by political or topical news—whether as a source of inspiration or outrage. This craft workshop provides structures and advice on how to blend the news from the world into your own personal narratives. We’ll be guided by some of the following questions: What does it mean to blend our own stories with those of others? What does it mean to incorporate research or current events into the stories of our lives? We’ll wrestle with these questions, both their ethical and practical concerns, and explore ways in which creative nonfiction can look both inward and out at the broader world.

This is a ticketed event ($35 plus fees) capped at 35 attendees.

Toni Jensen is the author of Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land, a finalist for the Dayton Peace Prize and a New York Times Editors’ Choice book (Ballantine 2020). An NEA Creative Writing Fellowship recipient in 2020, Jensen's essays have appeared in Orion, Catapult and Ecotone, among others. She is also the author of the story collection From the Hilltop. She teaches at the University of Arkansas and the Institute of American Indian Arts.

About the organizer

Get Lit! Programs is a non-profit literary arts organization housed within Eastern Washington University. Our program is responsible for Get Lit! Festival, the region’s only annual week-long literary festival. Get Lit! has grown over the last twenty years from a single day of back-to-back readings to a four day celebration of literature that brings a diverse line up of highly sought-after authors to our region, while also highlighting our talented local literary community. The festival offers free and low cost readings, writing workshops, craft classes, poetry slams, panel discussions, literary happy hours, and much more. Get Lit! Programs also runs Writers in Residence, a program that places published authors in local schools to teach 10-week creative writing courses to students who may not normally have access to a creative writing curriculum. It is our mission, both in our festival programming and our educational outreach, to advance the arts, celebrate diversity, and empower creativity.