Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Reading

  • Term: Fall 2022
  • Start Date: December 3, 2022
  • End Date: December 10, 2022
  • Day of Week: Saturday
  • Time: 1:10pm - 4:10pm PT
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: In Person
  • Availability: Yes
  • Public Price: $180.00
  • Member Price: $162.00

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Bird’s Eye View: Strategies for Close Reading & Revision

How can we delve deeper into texts that feel mysterious, thorny, or complex? In this class, we’ll experiment with hands-on practices—annotation, structural mapping, and more—that open up new understandings of what’s on the page and what might come next. You’ll leave with expanded possibilities for your own work-in-progress, and with specific tools for reading other writers’ work as a source of inspiration. Students should bring a draft of a completed piece or chapter to our second session.

Registration dates:

August 22: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

August 23: Member registration opens

August 30: General registration opens

Liza Birnbaum

Liza Birnbaum


Liza Birnbaum's writing has appeared in Web Conjunctions, jubilat, Tammy, Open Letters Monthly, and other publications. She holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and teaches at Hugo House, Cornish College of the Arts, and the University of Washington's Robinson Center. She's been awarded residencies from Pine Meadow Ranch Center for Arts and Agriculture and Fishtrap. For more of Liza go to