Essay, Nonfiction

  • Term: Fall 2022
  • Start Date: October 15, 2022
  • End Date: October 15, 2022
  • Day of Week: Saturday
  • Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Level: Open to all levels
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: In Person
  • Availability: Yes
  • Public Price: $150.00
  • Member Price: $135.00

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Essay Writing for Professional Liars

Even the most dedicated fiction author sometimes has to tell the truth. In this class, students will create the framework for two personal essays designed to help sell their own books. We will explore nonfiction structure and techniques to guide us along the way. This class will also help students understand how to draw from their own life experiences for the purposes of their fiction—how do you disguise that ex you want to murder, and what does it mean to “write what you know” anyway? This class is presented in partnership with Clarion West.

PAY WHAT YOU CAN: To make this program accessible for all, registration is scaled at 30%, 60%, 90%, and 100% so that students can choose to pay the rate that is right for them.

Five free spots are reserved for BIPOC students. To claim a spot, please email

Registration dates:

August 22: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

August 23: Member registration opens

August 30: General registration opens

Elsa Sjunneson

Elsa Sjunneson

Elsa Sjunneson is a Deafblind author and editor living in Seattle, Washington. Her fiction and nonfiction writing has been praised as "eloquence and activism in lockstep" and has been published in dozens of venues around the world. She has been a Hugo Award finalist seven times and has won Hugo, Aurora, and BFA awards for her editorial work. When she isn't writing, Sjunneson works to dismantle structural ableism and rebuild community support for disabled people everywhere. Her debut memoir, Being Seen: One Deafblind Woman's Fight to End Ableism, released in October of 2021 from Tiller Press.