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Intro to the Short Story

Introductory | “Where does one begin?” asks Amy Hempel in an essay on short stories. Her answer: “With obsession and nerve and ground worth reporting on.” This six-week online introduction lays down a few simple but fundamental craft concepts for writing short stories. Students will generate and workshop new work while we discuss passages from Hempel, Denis Johnson, Sandra Cisneros, and Jamaica Kincaid. Students should be willing to risk vulnerability and intimacy.

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: Jeff Bender

Class Type: 6 Sessions

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Start Date: 10/13/2020

End Date: 11/17/2020

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Jeff Bender

Jeff Bender is a graduate of Columbia's MFA program and winner of Hugo House's New Works Competition. His fiction and humor have appeared in McSweeney's, Electric Literature, The Iowa Review, Guernica, Points in Case, Slackjaw, and Little Old Lady Comedy.

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