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Emotion and Imagination: The Inner Life of Stories

All Levels | What is your deepest desire? Or your boldest dream? Emotions are the invisible landscape of stories—but how do you leverage your own inspiration to create a sense of wonder for readers? Come find the life of your story by exploring essential but often overlooked narrative tools, from subtext to emotional truth, psychological distance to characters’ secret desires. We’ll play, imagine, and dream our way from the possible to the impactful to create stories as engaging as they are inspired.

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.

If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.

If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.

Instructor: Susan V. Meyers

Class Type: 1 Session

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Term: Winter 2022

Start Date: 02/05/2022

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Susan V. Meyers

Susan V. Meyers has lived and taught in Chile, Costa Rica, and Mexico. She earned an MFA from the University of Minnesota and a PhD from the University of Arizona, and she currently directs the Creative Writing Program at Seattle University. Her fiction and nonfiction have been supported by grants from the Fulbright foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, 4Culture, Artist Trust, and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, as well as several artists residencies. Her novel Failing the Trapeze won the Nilsen Award for a First Novel and the Fiction Attic Press Award for a First Novel, and it was a finalist for the New American Fiction Award. Other work has recently appeared in Per Contra, Calyx, Dogwood, The Portland Review, and The Minnesota Review, and it has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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