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Introductory/Intermediate | In this class, you’ll write a short story, get hands-on practice with essential tools of fiction writing, and learn the art of revising. Start with a blank page: draft a voiced account of a true event in the first class. Then revise that draft, each week learning a different tool (POV, time management, objects/setting, age of protagonist, conflict, and structure) and adding that layer to the previous revision. Watch the stories emerge, deepen, shift, and find their final beauty.
Mary Lane Potter is the author of A Woman of Salt: A Novel (2001 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection) and Strangers and Sojourners: Stories from the Lowcountry. She was awarded a Washington State Arts Commission/Artist Trust Fellowship and MacDowell and Hedgebrook residencies.
Potter’s nonfiction has appeared in River Teeth, Witness, Tiferet, Spiritus, SUFI Journal, Leaping Clear, Feminist Studies in Religion, SIGNS, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Minerva Rising, Hevria, and others. She’s currently completing a book of essays on the body/spirit tangle.