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All Levels | Whether you have a completed draft of a novel or are just beginning a memoir, this one-day seminar is for you. Over the course of three hours, we will investigate what makes weak and strong secondary characters. Through reading and writing exercises, we will discuss and practice ways to breathe life into those creatures that inhabit your work. Students will leave class with concrete plans for creating three-dimensional secondary characters.
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.