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Introductory | If you’ve been meaning to write the story of your life but haven’t yet had the courage to commit it to the page, this course will give you the jumpstart you need. Through reading examples, in-class exercises, and discussion, we will cover description, character, voice, structure, and dramatic tension. Students will leave class with two pages of their memoir committed to paper and a concrete plan and new skills to see it to completion.
Beth Slattery moved to Seattle after eighteen years of teaching creative writing and literature at Indiana University East. Since her relocation, she has been writing and editing. Beth is currently working on a collection of personal essays about her mid-life marriage to a Zimbabwean, a move from the Midwest to the Pacific Northwest, and a reluctant acceptance of the call to adventure. Her most recent publications appear in Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies and Southern Women’s Review. Beth’s recent editing work includes being a “beta” reader for an author with a multi-book publishing contract, content and copy editing of a personal essay collection, and providing comprehensive editing services on an edited academic volume that was later published by Oxford University Press. She has an M.A. in fiction writing from Miami University and an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from the University of Southern Maine—Stonecoast.