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This class will build upon craft learned in Fiction I. In life, we try to avoid making messes—but stories love disaster. Good writers get characters all fired up and let that tension drive a story all the way through. Come learn how to lend fiery passion to your writing and grip readers’ attention from beginning to end. We’ll study the tools of narrative drama (e.g. tension, pacing, scene-making, suspense) through writing exercises, samples from contemporary authors, and workshop of each other’s writing—to help you to set your own story aflame.
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.