The Personal Political

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Eastern

Level Intermediate

The recent market for creative nonfiction continues to show deep interest in books that grapple with sociopolitical subject matter, especially those that ground such subject matter in personal narrative.

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Books like Bad Feminist, Hillbilly Elegy, and We Were Eight Years In Power have found massive readerships among literary and nonliterary audiences alike by engaging, both directly and indirectly, the subjects cable news producers, campaign managers, and engaged voters obsess over.

Writing about such subjects without descending into ranting, manifesto writing, or plain old punditry is a delicate art. This webinar offers insight into how to bring that artfulness into your own writing.

In this webinar you will:

  • EXAMINE how all writing is political writing even when it doesn’t mean to be. You’ll learn to take control and even take advantage of that strange fact in your work.
  • CONSIDER the differences between essays, op-eds, and political commentary. By understanding such distinctions, you’ll learn how to write compelling and persuasive narratives that move beyond simple argument and into the more complicated craft of persuasion.
  • LEARN how to engage and challenge readers without alienating them. We’ll consider ways of taking on “dangerous” subjects in a manner that avoids both the risk of antagonizing readers and the equally unhelpful pitfall of preaching to the choir.

There will be time for Q&A after the presentation.

This webinar is ideal for those who want write confidently about sociopolitical issues they care about in their creative nonfiction.

All registrants receive a recording.

Closed captioning will be available.

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I enjoyed reading other peoples work and getting feedback about my own work– the handouts/video links and class lessons were also very informative and relevantly paced to the give structural guidelines.

Catherine O’Neill