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Advanced Personal Essay Workshop

Hilary Mantel said: “Memoir’s not an easy form. If other people are to care about your life, art must intervene.” It can be disorienting to transform actual people and events into characters and plot elements in an essay or memoir, but this is how writers turn journal entries – written for the author’s benefit – into literature, which exists for readers’ benefit. In this workshop, we’ll explore the nuanced and delicate art of transforming a personal anecdote into a publishable essay.

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.

If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.

If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.

Instructor: Peter Mountford

Class Type: 10 Sessions

Start Date: 09/15/2015

End Date: 11/17/2015

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 16

$342.00 Member Price:
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$380.00 General Price:

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Peter Mountford

Peter Mountford’s novel A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism won a 2012 Washington State Book Award. His second novel, The Dismal Science, was published in February, 2014. A former Hugo House writer in residence, Peter is currently on faculty at Sierra Nevada College's low residency MFA program.

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