This was a nice surprise — a review from Keith Foskett, who found my book after hiking the legendary Camino De Santiago. Thanks for posting this, and good camping to you, Keith.
My story in Newsweek: “I know what John Fetterman is going through. I was a psychiatric inpatient.”
Thanks, everyone, for the great response to this story, and for sharing your own stories with me — all necessary steps to roll back stigma and encourage others to get the help they need! Best wishes to everyone — Dan Read the story here:
Transforming arts: Sir Isaac Julien, distinguished arts professor, acclaimed filmmaker, and artist, is having a blockbuster summer – by Dan White
Read the story here
Never Lost: My new story in the Fall issue of Appalachia Journal (Dartmouth College.)
Here is my new personal essay about the implications of hiking in the days of the ever-present smartphone, told from the perspective of someone who remembers when calling out from the backcountry was impossible.
My interview with Toni Morrison and Angela Davis in Five Dials literary magazine
Thank you to Five Dials and Hermione Thompson for bringing out this interview to a whole new audience. It was a tremendous honor to interview Toni Morrison and talk about her with Angela Davis. Read the story here.
My in-depth interview with Jonathan Franzen in Catamaran lit magazine
This winter, Jonathan Franzen invited me to his Santa Cruz home where we talked about the consuming process of bringing characters to life. We also talked about his abandonment of satire, why he got sick of New York, how aging and life in the Central Coast changed his outlook, and while he still loathes social media. Here is my interview with him, which appears in the latest edition of Catamaran lit magazine. Make sure to go out and get a hard copy at your local indie bookstore, or send in to subscribe!
My new piece in the Washington Post: Wealthy Americans have long demanded their outdoor experiences without the downside of the outdoors
hi everyone. In this piece, I research the historical precedents of those upscale all-inclusive ‘pop-up’ picnics you keep reading about on Instagram. Here is the story. I hope you like this.
Spring and summer update: memoir class, in-person teaching at Conference, August workshop, and more
Hello, everyone. There is still room left for the online seminars I am teaching with my wife Amy Ettinger, author of Sweet Spot. We’ll be talking about structuring personal essays and memoirs. Here you will find a comprehensive list of my new classes, which will take place June 12 and 13, (online personal essay and memoir classes), July 25-29 (in-person teaching at Catamaran lit. conference in Santa Cruz) and August 7, 14, 21, and 28 (online memoir workshop and craft class) On June 12, Amy and I will teach a class about the personal essay from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. PDT. There are many ways to tell the same story. The choices can be overwhelming for writers. We’ll discuss how to structure an essay, from anecdotal ledes to circular essays to braided narratives. Writers will learn a variety of ways to turn their experiences into narratives that editors will…
My June personal essay/memoir seminar with Amy Ettinger
Dear writers: I am excited to announce my June 12-13 online craft seminar with Amy Ettinger: “Structuring Personal Essays & Memoirs.” Both classes take place 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. PST. June 12 is all about the personal essay. June 13 covers memoir. I will talk about pacing, structure, scene, a sense of place, voice and tone. Looking forward to seeing you there! Enrollment will be limited to 20 students per class. Sign up right here –– info below. Craft Seminars: Structuring Personal Essays and Memoirs With Dan White and Amy Ettinger $100 for each session About this Event June 12: Essay 10 am-12 pm PDT There are many ways to tell the same story. The choices can be overwhelming for writers. We’ll discuss how to structure an essay, from anecdotal ledes to circular essays to braided narratives. Writers will learn a variety of ways to turn their experiences into…
Announcing my spring writing class – April 3, 10 & 17, and May 1
Dear writers — there are only two spots left in the brand-new edition of my nonfiction ‘hybrid’ online course called “Upwellings,” a blend of craft talk, small-group workshops, and on-the-spot and take-home prompts and craft exercises that will generate “upwellings” of memory and creative outbursts on the page. This course fuses some of the spontaneous elements of my “Ideas Generator” course with the traditional craft seminar and workshop. Six spots have already been reserved, and I need to limit enrollment to a maximum of 8, so please contact me right away at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. The courses are Zoom-based but they have a strong ‘analog’ component. The sessions take place April 3, 10, and 17 (no class on April 24) and May 1 from 1230 to 230 p.m. PST. Here is how the course will work: Each class includes a craft talk, focusing on potentials and challenges of…