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Online Class | Breaking the Narrative Mold

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom).

NOTE from Mary: I’ve taught this course online before and been amazed at the level of participation and depth of communication from students… So please join us.

All Levels | Learn how to create stories and essays that don’t fit the mold of a classic linear or epiphany narrative. Distinguish structure from shape, identify eight alternative structures (lyric, fluent, disruptive, list/litany, alternating currents, braid, collage, and story-as-house), and analyze how they work. Each week we’ll read examples, determine the techniques used to create unity and movement, diagram the structure, and draft a short narrative in that structure. Discover what happens when you step outside the classic dramatic pyramid!

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: Mary Potter

Class Type: 8 Sessions

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Term: Spring 2020

Start Date: 04/23/2020

End Date: 06/11/2020

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 7:10 pm – 9:10 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 18

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Mary Potter

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.

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