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Building Tension, Winding Down the Clock

Intermediate | If your stories tend to run out of steam a few pages in, the problem may be that they lack tension. Creating drama requires building tension and the simplest way to do that is to set a countdown that your characters are working against. We will read short stories that do this well from Annie Proulx, James Baldwin, Karen Russell and others. Then we will experiment with their concepts to give your stories velocity and drama.

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.

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Instructor: Josh Potter

Class Type: 2 Sessions

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Start Date: 03/15/2021

End Date: 03/22/2021

Days of the Week: Monday

Time: 7:10 pm – 9:10 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Josh Potter

Josh Potter is a writer based in Seattle whose prose is mainly concerned with the ways in which human interiority and physical landscapes relate. He grew up in Detroit, Michigan and studied journalism in Montana and moved to Seattle to work in outdoor education before earning his Masters in Fine Art at the University of Washington. Potter’s work attempts to reflect and examine his own complicity in colonial erasure as a white transplant to Seattle and the ways in which his own personal narrative is both inseparable and independent from national trauma. His stories and essays question how human conflict shapes geography. His personal essays have been featured in Guernica, Cascadia Rising and the New Limestone Review. His fiction has appeared in Driftwood Press, Sick Lit, City Arts and elsewhere. His short story, Snowdrift, won the JuxtaProse fiction contest in 2017.

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