Fiction, Nonfiction

  • Term: Spring 2023
  • Start Date: April 18, 2023
  • End Date: June 6, 2023
  • Day of Week: Tuesday
  • Time: 1:10pm - 3:10pm PT
  • Level: Introductory
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: Online
  • Availability: Full
  • Public Price: $395.00
  • Member Price: $355.50

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The Making of a Story

In this class, prose writers wanting an in-depth understanding of the elements needed to make their stories successful will find rich discussion of plot, character, dialogue, form, and revision. We will use Alice LaPlante’s The Making of a Story: A Norton Guide to Creative Writing as a required text, highlighting the authors James Baldwin, Cheryl Strayed, Akhil Sharma, and others. We will write, workshop, and revise. Students will leave with substantial feedback, at least one polished essay/story, and confidence to create many more.

Registration dates:

March 13: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

March 14: Member registration opens

March 21: General registration opens

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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.