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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.

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: Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum

Class Type: 6 Sessions

Start Date: 05/01/2014

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 7:10 PM – 9:10 PM PDT

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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