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Just the Basics: Essential Elements of Writing Fiction

New to the page? No problem! In this class we’ll start at the beginning, covering the basic elements of fiction writing (character, point of view, plot, dialogue, setting, and style) through discussions and brief readings. Through a series of linked writing exercises, we’ll practice these elements while also building the foundation of a story. Students will leave class with a stronger sense of the craft of writing fiction, as well as a solid draft of a first story.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through the end of 2020.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum

Class Type: 6 Sessions

Start Date: 05/01/2014

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 7:10 PM – 9:10 PM

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum

Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum is the author of three collections of short fiction, most recently What We Do With the Wreckage, which won the 2017 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and was published by UGA Press in 2018. Her earlier collections are Swimming With Strangers (Chronicle, 2008) and This Life She's Chosen (Chronicle, 2005). Her short fiction has been published in Ploughshares, McSweeney's, One Story, and North American Review, among other journals, and she has been the recipient of a PEN/O. Henry Prize. Kirsten teaches fiction writing at Hugo House and 9th-12th grade English at a small independent school near Seattle.

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