Course Catalog

Found Stories and Fake Texts: Literary Artifice

Stories, essays, and poems can pose as everyday verbiage or borrow from “found” sources like instruction manuals, comment cards, and ad copy. This offers an opportunity to angle into familiar material, dismantle it, and make it new. But how does a writer begin the facsimile, and what, at its best, can the form achieve? Please bring a “found” piece of text that you may wish to work from—as impersonal as a magazine quiz or as intimate as a doctor’s instructions.

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: Elissa Washuta

Class Type: 1 Session

, ,

Start Date: 10/18/2014

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$67.50 Member Price:
Become a member >

$75.00 General Price:

Class has begun, registration is closed.

Elissa Washuta

Elissa Washuta, a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, is the author of My Body Is a Book of Rules, a memoir forthcoming from Red Hen Press. Her work has appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education and Third Coast. She recently received grants from Potlatch Fund, 4Culture, and Artist Trust, and she has been a Made at Hugo House Fellow. She serves as adviser and lecturer for the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Washington.

See current classes >