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Want to write a short story? Learn the basic fiction elements? Practice revising? In this class, you’ll do all three. Following a revolutionary approach, we’ll start with a blank page, draft an account of an event, and then revise that draft, each week learning a different element (POV, time management, objects/setting, age of protagonist, world events, conflict, narrative structure, and wild card) and adding that layer to the previous revision. On the last week, we’ll present the completed stories in class.
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through the end of 2020.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
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.