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All Levels | Participants will bring the first page of a new story or novel, typed and double-spaced. We will start with these twigs at the top of the tree and work our way down to the trunk, on our way to the root of meaning. Using the first paragraphs of several classic short stories and novels as guides, we will examine the difference between the start and the beginning of a story or novel. Participants should not bring the first page of an already written work of fiction or one that has been sketched out or outlined. This is not about revision. This is not a workshop. Start fresh with no more than a couple of prose twigs.
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Spring quarter 2021.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
Russell Banks is a member of the International Parliament of Writers and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work has been translated into twenty languages and has received numerous international prizes and awards. He has written fiction, and more recently, nonfiction, with Dreaming up America. His main works include the novels Continental Drift, Rule of the Bone, Cloudsplitter, The Sweet Hereafter, and Affliction. The latter two novels were each made into feature films in 1997.