No Such Thing as a Dumb Idea: A Craft Class with Leah Sottile

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No Such Thing as a Dumb Idea: A Craft Class with Leah Sottile

A craft class on journalism and pitching ideas for publication taught by Leah Sottile!

By EWU's Get Lit! Programs

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Date and time

Friday, April 21 · 10am - 12pm PDT


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

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  • 2 hours
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When it comes to enterprise journalism and creative nonfiction, the most memorable stories can be based on ideas no editor in their right mind would accept. In this workshop, freelance journalist Leah Sottile will walk students through several stories her own editors raised their eyebrows at, but that evolved into some of her most memorable pieces of work. Afterward, attendees of this workshop will discuss their own weird ideas they've brought to the workshop, and together we'll create a toolbox that will help you figure out where to take the idea next, how to get started on research and how to create a pitch that can help sell the idea.

Leah Sottile is the author of When the Moon Turns to Blood: Lori Vallow, Chad Daybell and a Story of Murder, Faith and End Times. As a freelance journalist, her features, profiles, investigations and essays have been published by the Washington Post, The New York Times Magazine, Playboy, Rolling Stone, Outside, The Atlantic and High Country News. She is the host of the BBC podcasts Burn Wild and Two Minutes Past Nine, and the National Magazine Award-nominated series Bundyville. She lives in Oregon.

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.