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What Can We Learn from Harry Potter?

Introductory/Intermediate | J. K. Rowling changed the publishing industry with a fantasy series about a boy with an unusual scar. What can middle-grade and young adult authors learn from her work? We will discuss, dissect, and consider selections of the Harry Potter series, analyzing them for voice, plot, scene, sentence, and more. Combining lecture with workshop, this class is open to students writing any genre of fiction intended for a teenage or middle-grade audience. The class will also include a full-day intensive publishing class on the book business and finding a market for your book.

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.

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If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.

Instructor: Karen Finneyfrock

Class Type: Yearlong

Start Date: 09/19/2019

No Class On: Instructor will provide more detailed skip dates for the year.

End Date: 05/28/2020

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 7:10 pm – 9:10 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 16

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Karen Finneyfrock

Karen Finneyfrock is a poet and novelist in Seattle, WA. She is the author of two young adult novels: The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door and Starbird Murphy and the World Outside, both published by Viking Children’s Books. She is one of the editors of the anthology Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls and the author of Ceremony for the Choking Ghost, both released on Write Bloody press. A former Writer-in-Residence at Hugo House, Karen teaches for Seattle Arts and Lectures’ Writers-in-the-Schools, Seattle Writes and Young Women Empowered.

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