Mt. Story: Turning Research Into Story, with Katherine Standefer

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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Turning Research Into Story
Research can enlarge and deepen the stories we tell. But how do we turn academic literature, interviews, and site visits into something compelling to read? In this 2.5 hour workshop, writers will discuss strategies for rich note-taking, how to approach quoting others, the task of turning dry or dense information into buoyant prose, and deciding which research--or how much--to actually lace into a piece of writing. Author Katherine Standefer will reflect on the writing of her new book Lightning Flowers: My Journey to Uncover the Cost of Saving a Life, which uses research and reporting on mining, medical technology, and the American healthcare system to contextualize her own deeply personal story. 

Katherine E. Standefer is the author of Lightning Flowers: My Journey to Uncover the Cost of Saving a Life, which was named one of O, The Oprah Magazine's Best Books of Fall 2020, selected as a Staff Pick by the New York Times Book Review, featured in People Magazine and on NPR's Fresh Air, and awarded a starred Kirkus review. The book was shortlisted in 2018 for the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Prize from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. Standefer's work previously appeared in The Best American Essays 2016. She has been a Logan Nonfiction Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good and a Marion Weber Healing Arts Fellow at the Mesa Refuge. She earned her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from University of Arizona and teaches for Ashland University's Low-Residency MFA. Standefer lived in Jackson Hole on and off between 2000 and 2009, and now resides on a juniper- and piƱon-studded mesa in New Mexico with her chickens.

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