Fiction, Nonfiction

  • Term: Summer 2023
  • Start Date: July 9, 2023
  • End Date: July 16, 2023
  • Day of Week: Sunday
  • Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm PT
  • Level: Introductory, Intermediate
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: Online
  • Availability: Yes
  • Public Price: $120.00
  • Member Price: $108.00

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Claire Keegan and the Art of Brevity in Prose

In this two-day class, fiction and nonfiction writers will study the work of award-winning Irish writer Claire Keegan's concise language and rich storytelling. We will explore her style and efficiency using her novella Foster and other stories. After a thorough discussion, students will apply techniques to their own writing. In the following class, there will be further discussion, an option of sharing work, and an opportunity to consider edits that will effectively expand scenes and character without adding word count. 

Registration dates:

June 5: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

June 6: Member registration opens

June 13: General registration opens

Beth Slattery

Beth Slattery


Beth Slattery moved to Seattle after eighteen years of teaching creative writing and literature at Indiana University East. Since her relocation, she has been writing and editing. Beth is currently working on a collection of personal essays about her mid-life marriage to a Zimbabwean, a move from the Midwest to the Pacific Northwest, and a reluctant acceptance of the call to adventure. Her most recent publications appear in Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies and Southern Women’s Review. Beth’s recent editing work includes being a “beta” reader for an author with a multi-book publishing contract, content and copy editing of a personal essay collection, and providing comprehensive editing services on an edited academic volume that was later published by Oxford University Press. She has an M.A. in fiction writing from Miami University and an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from the University of Southern Maine—Stonecoast.