Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Reading, The Writing Life, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

  • Term: Spring 2023
  • Start Date: April 13, 2023
  • End Date: June 1, 2023
  • Day of Week: Thursday
  • Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm PT
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: Online
  • Availability: Yes
  • Public Price: $395.00
  • Member Price: $355.50

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Writing the Reading Life

If you’re like many writers, reading is a central and beloved practice—one that might make its way into your writing itself. In this class, we’ll read work by authors who bring books into their accounts of daily living, looking closely at craft choices that weave literary reflection into lively narration. Our reading list includes Lydia Davis, Jia Tolentino, Sara Ahmed, and others. Students will have opportunities to generate and share work in class and a small group workshop.

Registration dates:

March 13: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

March 14: Member registration opens

March 21: General registration opens

Liza Birnbaum

Liza Birnbaum


Liza Birnbaum's fiction and essays have appeared in Web Conjunctions, jubilat, Open Letters Monthly, and other publications. She is a founding editor of Big Big Wednesday, an annual print journal of literature and visual art, and has taught creative writing in a number of settings, most recently at an alternative school for young women who are pregnant or parenting. In 2019, she will be a funded resident at the Lillian E. Smith Center at Piedmont College. She holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. For more of Liza go to