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october, 2018

13octAll DayMasterclass:Hope Edelman: The Story Beneath Your Story(All Day: saturday) Hedgebrook

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Creative nonfiction writers face two equally important tasks: First, to tell a plotted story of action, and second, to tell the story of a protagonist’s change and growth over time. That second story is the one that conveys the author’s larger message, elevating her experiences from the unique and personal to the universal and shared. It reveals what a story is really about. But how do we extract that deeper message? How might we articulate it to readers in a meaningful way?

As Vivian Gornick has emphasized, what happened to an author is not what matters. What matters is what the author makes of those experiences. You already know the answer; this class will help you unearth it, and then give you tools for sharing your insights with readers. Together, we’ll identify the underlying themes and archetypes of your nonfiction narrative.  We’ll also explore how to create passages of reflection and analysis that will resonate deeply with readers. Come to this workshop with pages you’ve already polished, or first-draft work, or a story you’ve just begun. Plan to share what you write during the week, and to give to other students as much as you’ll receive in return. This class is open to writers of all levels.


Hope Edelman is the author of seven nonfiction books and one e-book, including the bestsellers Motherless Daughters and Motherless Mothers and the memoir The Possibility of Everything. Her books have been published in 17 countries and 11 languages and have more than a million copies in print. An expert in the field of early parent loss, Hope speaks at venues and conferences all over the world. Her articles, essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, the Los Angeles TimesReal SimpleWriter’s Digest, Brevity.com and Parade, as well as in a dozen anthologies. She has been teaching nonfiction writing for more than 20 years in MFA programs, though private workshops, and at festivals including the Iowa Summer Writing Festival every July. She lives in Los Angeles, where she is working on her next book.

Please note: The application is accessible via SlideRoom. Each Master Class has a priority deadline listed below, and classes often fill with a waitlist. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis by Hedgebrook staff and teachers, so we strongly recommend interested writers apply as soon as possible. We anticipate decisions will be finalized within two weeks of the priority deadline.

All levels are welcome to this Master Class.

Priority application deadline: July 27th, 2018
Class Dates: October 13-20, 2018

Fee: $3000 (Covers lodging, meals and workshops; all taxes included. A portion is tax-deductible. Please note that we are unable to offer financial aid or scholarships for this program, since it provides a vitally needed earned income stream for Hedgebrook.)


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