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Building the Story [Kirsten Lunstrum]

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Member Price: $342.00
General Price: $380.00

In this intensive course, we’ll dig deeply into the major elements of fiction-writing (character, point of view, setting, plot, and prose style). Readings will include both model stories and readings on craft, and weekly in-class writing exercises will help you generate new material and polish your technique. Each participant in the class will have the opportunity to workshop at least one story. This class is a perfect fit for new and intermediate fiction writers who’d like a rigorous exploration of the central elements of the genre. Required Texts: Janet Burroway, Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft, 8th Edition, Longman 2010. Ben Marcus, New American Stories, Vintage Contemporaries 2015.


Hugo House is moving temporarily! May 19 is the last date that Hugo House will hold classes at 1634 11th Ave. Beginning May 20, Hugo House classes will be held at 1021 Columbia St, Seattle, WA 98104. This class will switch locations in week 3.

Most classes are offered at a general and member tuition rates based on instruction hours, with Hugo House members receiving a 10% discount on classes fewer than six sessions.

Early bird discounts are available during the first two weeks of registration and apply to both general and member tuition rates.

To help provide financial accessibility to our class offerings, some classes each quarter are offered with a sliding-scale tuition model, allowing students to pay what they can for the class. For these classes, tuition increments starting at $5 and going up to 125% of the standard pricing will be listed on the page.

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Class sessions may be recorded if a session falls on a holiday, or if a student has access needs. Class recordings are not guaranteed.

We do not tolerate racist, sexist, homophobic, ableist, transphobic or any other oppressive behaviors, regardless of who commits them. Please check out our full community guidelines by clicking here. If an instance of community guidelines are violated and not resolved within the classroom, students may let us know by filling out the student incident report.

Classes may be cancelled if less than the minimum number of students are enrolled within ten days before the class start date. If Hugo House needs to cancel a class for any reason, students can choose between receiving a full credit toward future classes or full refund.

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