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How to Begin when your Head is Empty

There are days when we sit down to write and nothing comes. In this hands-on generative class, we’ll use a series of writing prompts to generate ideas and get our pens or fingers moving. As the exercises uncover hidden ideas and surprising connections, we’ll refine our focus and develop these explorations into structured, finished pieces. For inspiration, we’ll look at a few examples of how to structure these kinds of essays and stories from short nonfiction and fiction. Class may include a peer workshop of rough drafts.

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.

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Instructor: Samantha Claire Updegrave

Class Type: 6 Sessions

Start Date: 02/25/2015

End Date: 04/01/2015

Days of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$220.50 Member Price:
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$245.00 General Price:

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Samantha Claire Updegrave

Samantha Claire Updegrave writes creative nonfiction, profiles, book reviews, and poetry. She's an MFA candidate at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts and assistant editor at Soundings Review.

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