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In this class we will read excerpts from small-press-published contemporary and historic short prose (fiction and nonfiction stories, parables, vignettes, memoir-ish thingies, unclassifiable, etc.) and use those models to inspire us to write suggestive, evocative things. Some of the authors to whom we might look for inspiration include: Julianna Spallholz, Richard Chiem, Robert Walser, Joanna Ruocco, Joy Williams, Renee Gladman, Jean Toomer. Class will include writing prompts, optional in-class reading aloud, discussion, critique, and response. Whether you want to hone your style, jump-start an ongoing project or rattle some life onto a blank white page, this class might help. Open to writers of all genres. Bring something to write with and write on to each class meeting.
Rebecca Brown is the author of twelve books published in the US, abroad, and in translation including American Romances, The Gifts of the Body, and The Dogs. A frequent collaborator, she has written for theater, dance opera, musicians and visual artists. Her art has appeared at the Frye, Hedreen and Simon Fraser Galleries. She has taught for 30 years in academic and community settings and is currently on faculty at Goddard College, Vermont and the MFA program at UW-Bothell.