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Building Plot and Character through Place

All Levels | There are stories that create place so palpably you can feel it scratch the souls of your feet—where setting is not just a literary device or decorative prop, but a dynamic feature, where each valley is imbued with meaning and memory. In this class, we will look at examples of how writers of fiction and nonfiction use setting to advance story, hone our own powers of observation and description, and galvanize our experience by sharing some writing of our own.

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: Naseem Rakha

Class Type: 1 Session

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Start Date: 04/24/2021

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 25

$81.00 Member Price:
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$90.00 General Price:

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Naseem Rakha

Naseem Rakha is an award winning author and journalist. She has been the recipient of AP awards for her writing on the environment, and she was awarded the Waterston Desert Writing Prize for an essay about her month long winter journey down the Grand Canyon. Her novel, The Crying Tree has been published in eleven languages and is known for how it incorporates place into a family struggle over life and death. Naseem lives in a forest overlooking Oregon’s Willamette Valley. You can follow Naseem’s writing and photographs at

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