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You know the feeling: you’re reading an amazing novel, and the time is flying by, and you’re so deep in the story it’s like you’re there. You’re in it. It’s one of the most unique and gratifying qualities of fiction. But how do writers actually achieve this effect? In this class I’ll take you down some rabbit holes: from the world of neurobiology, we’ll investigate what’s actually happening in our brains when we read; from psychology, we’ll examine why certain characters feel authentic and real; from the tech world, we’ll look at what motivates people to pay attention and what distracts them. All of these different approaches can ultimately help writers craft stories that keep readers glued to the page.
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online until further notice. If there's a possibility that your class might take place in person, you will be notified in advance. Even if classes can be held in person, there will always be a hybrid option to participate via Zoom.
Classes with "Zoom" in the title will be held via Zoom even after our doors open. Classes listed as "Online" will be held on Wet Ink, our platform for asynchronous learning.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
Class Type: 1 SessionFeatured Writers, Fiction, Online
Term: Fall 2020
Start Date: 10/14/2020
Days of the Week: Wednesday
Time: 1:10 pm – 4:10 pm
Minimum Class Size: 20
Maximum Class Size: 100
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Nathan Hill’s bestselling debut novel The Nix was named the #1 book of the year by Audible and Entertainment Weekly, as well as one of the year’s best books by The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Slate, Amazon, and many others. The Nix was the winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize for First Fiction. It was published worldwide in 30 languages. Hill’s nonfiction has appeared in Wired, ESPN the Magazine, Poets & Writers, and the New York Times Book Review. His short stories have been published in many literary journals, including The Iowa Review, Agni, The Gettysburg Review, The Denver Quarterly, and Fiction, which awarded him its annual Fiction Prize.