Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Reading, 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: Full
  • 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

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Liza Birnbaum

Liza Birnbaum


Liza Birnbaum's writing has appeared in Web Conjunctions, jubilat, Tammy, Open Letters Monthly, and other publications. She holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and teaches at Hugo House, Cornish College of the Arts, and the University of Washington's Robinson Center. She's been awarded residencies from Pine Meadow Ranch Center for Arts and Agriculture and Fishtrap. For more of Liza go to