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Setting the Scene

with Ann Hedreen

Genres: Nonfiction, Memoir, Essay

In Person

Intermediate

1 Session

Start Date: November 4, 2023
End Date: November 4, 2023
Day of Week: Saturday
Time: 1:10pm - 4:10pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
Member Price: $81.00
General Price: $90.00

Setting the scene in memoir or creative nonfiction is like setting the table for a memorable meal. You want your guests to immerse themselves, and you deploy every sensory detail to make it happen: music, lighting, the aroma of good food wafting from the kitchen. In this generative seminar, we'll study passages by some of the best scene-setters, including Isabel Wilkerson, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Priscilla Long, and John Steinbeck, and we'll try out their techniques with three to four in-class prompts.

Registration dates: 

August 7: Scholarship Donation Day

August 8: Member registration opens at 10:30 am

August 15: General registration opens at 10:30 am

August 21: Last day of Early Bird pricing

Ann Hedreen

Ann Hedreen

she/her

Ann Hedreen is an author (Her Beautiful Brain), teacher, and documentary filmmaker. Ann has written for 3rd Act Magazine, About Place Journal, The Seattle Times, and other publications, including her award-winning blog, The Restless Nest. She is working on a collection of essays.

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.

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