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Getting Inside Your Character’s Head

All Levels | This fiction workshop will focus on techniques to help you get your characters’ rich inner lives on the page. We’ll use in-class writing activities and close readings of masters of interiority like Lydia Davis, Mitchell SJackson, and Ocean Vuong to jumpstart our stories, and we’ll discuss our own fiction in a supportive, generative workshop setting. You’ll leave with at least one revised piece and with a greater understanding of how form, style, and psychology combine to create complex characters.

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: Liza Birnbaum

Class Type: 8 Sessions

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Start Date: 01/12/2021

No Class On: 2/16/2021

End Date: 03/09/2021

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$355.50 Member Price:
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$395.00 General Price:

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Liza Birnbaum

Liza Birnbaum's fiction and essays have appeared in Web Conjunctions, jubilat, Open Letters Monthly, and other publications. She is a founding editor of Big Big Wednesday, an annual print journal of literature and visual art, and has taught creative writing in a number of settings, most recently at an alternative school for young women who are pregnant or parenting. In 2019, she will be a funded resident at the Lillian E. Smith Center at Piedmont College. She holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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