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Kick-Starting the Memoir

This is a popular class with proven results for those who have been hoping to write a memoir or those who have already begun a memoir but are stalled. Here, inspiration is provided through essays by popular memoirists— including Frank…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: John Marshall

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Start Date: 10/30/2014 – 7:00 PM

7×7 Ways to Write, with Seattle7Writers

Seven acclaimed authors will each share seven things that have helped them achieve success. Join us for this eclectic and illuminating series for all levels of writer. Bring only yourself and your writing tools. The different sessions are: 7 Ways…

Course Type: 7 Week  |   Instructor: Various

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Start Date: 10/30/2014 – 5:00 PM

Cut to the Quick: Flash NONfiction

Through reading, discussion, and workshop, we will explore the wilderness where short prose-poems meet concise lyrical essays and micro-narratives. Writers at every level will study the anatomy, behavior, and language of nonfiction miniatures like poem-essay hybrids. The expedition may encounter…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Erin Gilbert

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Start Date: 11/1/2014 – 10:00 AM

The Building Blocks of Narrative

Where do we begin? Whether you have too many ideas or not enough, this course aims to help you lay the foundations for a strong short story or personal essay. From character to plot to setting, each class will explore…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Irene Keliher

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Start Date: 11/1/2014 – 10:00 AM

Politics and Poetry

Mark Edmundson recently complained in Harper’s Magazine that contemporary American poets fail to take clear, political stands. We’ll discuss political poems and read what poets have said about politics and poetry, focusing on how political poems fail or succeed to…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Johnny Horton

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Start Date: 11/2/2014 – 10:00 AM

Narrative Momentum in Memoir

Our personal histories can provide rich material for memoir, but the wide breadth of our experiences does not naturally jell into a story. How can we arrange the disjointed details of our experience to form coherent, compelling narratives? Together we’ll look at…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Elissa Washuta

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Start Date: 11/4/2014 – 7:00 PM
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Structuring the Longer Form

Whether you’re writing a novel, memoir, or narrative nonfiction* book, you will need to build a scaffold off which to hang your story. This is the most confounding part of craft to master, yet so important. Your framework must feel…

Course Type: 2 Week  |   Instructor: Jennie Shortridge

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Start Date: 11/5/2014 – 5:00 PM

Chutney as Love: Harnessing the Power of the Extended Metaphor

How can we write about life’s key subjects—like love, death, loss, or joy—in ways that aren’t vague and clichéd? In this class, we’ll harness the extended metaphor, using concrete objects—like food, clothing, or furniture—as vehicles for exploring large themes in…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Wilson Diehl

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Start Date: 11/8/2014 – 1:00 PM

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