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Learn the bare bones of short fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry—then blur those lines to create something that suits your story. Come to class with an idea: an old family story, a personal experience, or something else you’ve always imagined bringing to life on the page. We’ll discuss ways contemporary writers like Denis Johnson, Maya Angelou, and Mary Karr have bent traditional forms in service of their content. You’ll leave with two takes on your story—and a sense of where to go from there.
Megan Kruse grew up in the Pacific Northwest and currently lives in Seattle. She studied creative writing at Oberlin College and earned her MFA at the University of Montana. Her work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies, and her debut novel, Call Me Home, was released from Hawthorne Books in March 2015, with an introduction by Elizabeth Gilbert. She teaches fiction at Eastern Oregon University’s Low-Residency MFA program and Gotham Writers Workshop. She was one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 for 2015.