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Five Kinds of Wildness: On Young Narrators

with Kimberly King Parsons

Genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay


Open to all levels

1 Session

Start Date: August 24, 2024
End Date: August 24, 2024
Day of Week: Saturday
Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm PT
Capacity: 100 seats
Member Price: $99.00
General Price: $110.00

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Part of our visiting writer series. 

"Sure, children can be boring, intensely boring even—but plenty of adults are boring too, and fewer adults, I’d wager, dazzle as often with their unvarnished insights, unhinged imaginations, and intricate systems of dream logic." —Laura van den Berg 

Children can teach us a lot about writing—their curiosity and quiet observation, how they lurk and spy and misunderstand, their dark inquisitiveness and blunt, unnerving honesty. A convincing child narrator is not simply a small adult—they have a fundamentally unique point of view and a position that grants them a particular, if limited, access to the human condition. This 2-hour generative course will cover various approaches to writing from this unique perspective. 

This class is suitable for fiction and nonfiction/memoir writers aiming to employ more bold, resilient, audacious and wonderful (as in full of wonder!) techniques in their prose and/or write convincingly from the perspective of a child. 


  • "Strays" Mark Richard, Ice at the Bottom of the World 
  • Stories in Another Language by Yannick Murphy 
  • "Blue, Blue" and "Child" William Tester, Darling 
  • A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews 
  • "Somewhere Near Sea Level" Dawn Raffel, In the Year of Long Division 
  • "My Lucy Friend Who Smells Like Corn" Sandra Cisneros, Woman Hollering Creek 
  • We the Animals by Justin Torres 

This class includes: 

  • Generative Writing: students create new work during class or from assignments. 
  • Work outside of class: No writing or reading outside of class. 

Kimberly King Parsons is the author of We Were the Universe (Penguin Random House, 2024) – a Dakota Johnson Book Club pick – and Black Light (Penguin Random House, 2019), a story collection longlisted for the National Book Award and Story Prize. 

Read/listen to her interviews here:  

Registration Dates:  

  • June 25: Member registration opens at 10:30 am PT  
  • July 2: General registration opens at 10:30 am PT  
  • July 9: Last day of early bird registration
Kimberly King Parsons

Kimberly King Parsons


KIMBERLY KING PARSONS is the author of the debut novel We Were the Universe. She won the 2020 National Magazine Award for Fiction, and her short story collection, Black Light, was longlisted for the National Book Award and the Story Prize. Her fiction has been published in The Paris Review. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her partner and children.

Parsons is the recipient of fellowships from Columbia University, Yaddo, Hermitage Artist Retreat, the Oregon Arts Commission, Regional Arts and Culture Council, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation; her fiction has been published in New York Tyrant, Black Warrior Review, No Tokens, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. Parsons’ collection Black Light was a finalist for the 2020 Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, the 2020 Texas Institute of Letters Best Work of First Fiction Award, and the 2020 Oregon Book Award.

Born in Lubbock, Texas, Parsons earned a BA in English and an MA in Literary Studies (emphasis on the works of William Faulkner) from the University of Texas at Dallas. She later moved to New York, where she earned an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and served as the editor-in-chief of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art. Parsons’s book reviews and interviews have appeared in Bookforum, BOMB, Time Out New York, The Millions, and elsewhere. She has been awarded residencies from Yaddo, Hermitage Artist Retreat, Tasajillo Writers Residency, Dairy Hollow, Baltic Writing Residencies, San Ysidro Ranch, the Gullkistan Center for Creativity, the Lillian E. Smith Center, Hypatia-in-the-Woods, and PLAYA. She received the Indiana Review Fiction Prize, placed second in the Joyland Open Border Fiction Prize, and was runner-up in both the Black Warrior Review Fiction Contest and the Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest

Each class description includes a breakdown of what you can expect in terms of in-class activity, feedback, and homework (if any). 

Generative means you’ll be generating new writing, either in class or at home between classes.

Workshop means you’ll be sharing work to be read and critiqued by your instructor and classmates and that you will also be critiquing the work of your peers. 

Reading means you’ll be doing close reading of a work with an eye toward craft. 

Craft discussion means you’ll be looking at the tools writers use to do that thing they do so well and then trying it out yourself.

Class levels are designed for various stages of the writing journey. Simply self-select the level that sounds best for where you’re at. 

Introductory: This is your first creative writing workshop, first writing class since high school, or first foray into a new genre or form. You’re looking to try something new, kickstart your writing, and/or establish yourself in the fundamentals.

Intermediate: You have a strong understanding of writing fundamentals and are eager to deep dive into craft. You’re honing your writerly identity and voice through independent projects. In workshop, you look for constructive feedback and are ready to do writing and reading outside of class.

Advanced: You’ve written a significant body of work and have taken it through several stages of revision. You’re getting ready to publish or are in the early stage of publishing, and you’re interested in refining the skills that will take you to the next level in the literary industry.

All Levels: You are any of the above and are looking to play with new possibilities.

You’ll get your class information, including Zoom link if applicable, three days before the first day of class.

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Asynchronous classes are perfect for students that need flexibility!

During an asynchronous class, instructors release new lessons once per week. Students then have one week to complete that lesson and any accompanying coursework. You’ll learn as much as you would in a traditional class but with the flexibility to work at the best times for your schedule!

While there are no live sessions, asynchronous classes are still a lively and rigorous experience. Async classes are not static lessons but an adaptable and energetic community space. Be ready to work in a collaborative environment, giving and receiving feedback on your writing, participating in discussions, and growing your writing practice in a way that works best for you.

Asynchronous classes take place through the website Wet Ink. Students receive an invitation to the class and to set up a Wet Ink account on the start date of the class. Each week of the class, a new lesson will be available through the Wet Ink portal. Classes close two weeks after the end date, and students receive an email containing their content from the class when it closes.

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