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All Levels. Learn how to shape stories and essays that don’t fit the mold of a classic linear or epiphany narrative. We’ll analyze six alternative narrative structures: lyric, fluent/spiral, disruptive, list, braided, and collage. Each week we’ll read examples, identify a structure, and write a short narrative in that shape. Discover what happens when you dare to step outside the classic dramatic pyramid!
Required texts: Art of the Personal Essay, ed. Phillip Lopate; You’ve Got to Read This, ed. Ron Hansen, Jim Shepard.
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Winter quarter 2021.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
Class Type: 6 SessionsFiction, Multigenre, Nonfiction
Start Date: 03/09/2017
End Date: 04/13/2017
Days of the Week: Thursday
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Minimum Class Size: 5
Maximum Class Size: 15
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Mary Lane Potter is the author of A Woman of Salt: A Novel (2001 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection) and Strangers and Sojourners: Stories from the Lowcountry. She was awarded a Washington State Arts Commission/Artist Trust Fellowship and MacDowell and Hedgebrook residencies.
Potter’s nonfiction has appeared in River Teeth, Witness, Tiferet, Spiritus, SUFI Journal, Leaping Clear, Feminist Studies in Religion, SIGNS, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Minerva Rising, Hevria, and others. She’s currently completing a book of essays on the body/spirit tangle.