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Introductory/Intermediate | Where does the energy for a story really come from? And how can you keep it going, once you’ve started? This class is designed to help you get started—or to recharge—the story you want to tell, whether novel or memoir. We’ll explore the shapes of stories and the narrative tools that make them work. By delving into less frequently studied narrative devices (e.g. momentum, shaping, time, information release) you’ll learn how to shape your own story from beginning to end.
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: 8 SessionsFiction
Start Date: 02/01/2018
No Class On: 2/15/2018
End Date: 03/29/2018
Days of the Week: Thursday
Time: 7:10 pm – 9:10 pm
Minimum Class Size: 5
Maximum Class Size: 15
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$375.00 General Price:
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Susan V. Meyers has lived and taught in Chile, Costa Rica, and Mexico. She earned an MFA from the University of Minnesota and a PhD from the University of Arizona, and she currently directs the Creative Writing Program at Seattle University. Her fiction and nonfiction have been supported by grants from the Fulbright foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, 4Culture, Artist Trust, and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, as well as several artists residencies. Her novel Failing the Trapeze won the Nilsen Award for a First Novel and the Fiction Attic Press Award for a First Novel, and it was a finalist for the New American Fiction Award. Other work has recently appeared in Per Contra, Calyx, Dogwood, The Portland Review, and The Minnesota Review, and it has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.