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Outmaneuvering Distraction

DATE UPDATE: This class will now run on 12/2 & 12/9. This has been updated from the print catalog.

All Levels | Every writer must deal with distraction. Even Michel de Montaigne, who could retreat to his private turret to write, complained that the affairs of his estate chipped away at his concentration. In this class, we will acknowledge our distractions, learn to accept (at least some of) them, identify which are within our control, understand how and why the creative process gets interrupted, learn shortcuts to flow state, and design individual new creative practices for ongoing productivity after the course’s end.

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: Bonnie J. Rough

Class Type: 2 Sessions

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Term: Fall 2021

Start Date: 12/02/2021

End Date: 12/09/2021

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Bonnie J. Rough

Bonnie J. Rough is an award-wining author, essayist, and journalist who loves the writing classroom, whether as student, mentor, or both at once. Her latest book is Beyond Birds and Bees: Bringing Home a New Message to Our Kids about Sex, Love, and Equality (Seal Press 2018). She has written recently for the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Cut, Washington Post, Slate, and many other outlets. Her previous two books, Carrier: Untangling the Danger in My DNA (winner of a Minnesota Book Award) and The Girls, Alone: Six Days in Estonia (named one of Amazon's Best Kindle Singles), are literary memoirs. Rough earned her MFA from the University of Iowa in 2005. She has taught in various writing programs including the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and as faculty for the Ashland University low-residency MFA program. She has been the recipient of numerous grants, fellowships, and awards, with her creative work appearing in anthologies and publications including the Best American series, Modern Love, The Sun magazine, Brain, Child, the Seattle Review of Books, and dozens of other literary journals and magazines.

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