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Just the Basics: Foundational Elements of Writing Fiction

In this introduction to the basics of fiction writing, we’ll start at the beginning, covering the primary elements of fiction (character, point of view, dialogue, setting, and style) through discussions, weekly readings of model short stories, and writing exercises. Each student will also have the opportunity to workshop a story draft and receive constructive feedback for revision. Students will leave the class with a stronger sense of the craft of writing fiction, as well as a polished, original short 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: 09/12/2015

End Date: 10/17/2015

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 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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