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Whether you’re writing a novel, memoir, or narrative nonfiction* book, you will need to build a scaffold off which to hang your story. This is the most confounding part of craft to master, yet so important. Your framework must feel organic and true, and compel readers ever onward. All are welcome to this class, whether currently writing a book or just thinking about it. However, it will help to have a story in mind, as you will complete several exercises for crafting a story’s structure. We will study classic and other forms, and you will leave understanding how to use basic tools and resources to create effective story arcs.
*Not recommended for informational or self-help nonfiction.
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online until further notice. If there's a possibility that your class might take place in person, you will be notified in advance. Even if classes can be held in person, there will always be a hybrid option to participate via Zoom.
Classes with "Zoom" in the title will be held via Zoom even after our doors open. Classes listed as "Online" will be held on Wet Ink, our platform for asynchronous learning.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
Jennie Shortridge is an acclaimed and nationally best-selling novelist with five novels under her belt, including her latest, Love Water Memory. She has been teaching writing craft for more than ten years, and is a co-founder of Seattle7Writers.org.