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Bits and Pieces: Building a Story From Scraps

A squid falls in love with the sun. A frog falls in love with a princess. A man falls in love with a ring. In each story, the protagonist goes to increasingly extreme lengths to attain the unattainable. In this class, we’ll use a traditional folk structure employed by Ben Loory and discussed by Italo Calvino to play with what structure means while we write our own crazy, weird, fractured love stories. Our conversations will take us on a journey through allegory and fairy tales and the symbolism of objects. Our writing will take us into our own beautifully wild imaginations.

Instructor: Courtney Bird

Grade: 7-8

Location: Online

Duration: 1 session

Start Date: 12/07/2020

Days of the Week: Monday

Time: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Courtney Bird

Born in New Jersey, Courtney holds an MFA in Fiction from the University of Montana and a BA in Art History from Princeton. Her work has appeared in The Fairy Tale Review, The Masters Review, The Indiana Review, Barrelhouse, and The Los Angeles Review, among others. When Courtney's not writing, she can be found coaching lacrosse, hiking with her baby on her back, or looking for weird little pockets of wonder in the world. Courtney lives in Seattle, where she was a Hugo House Fellow in 2018-2019.

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