Course Catalog

Building the Story

In this intensive course, we’ll dig deeply into the major elements of fiction-writing (character, point of view, setting, plot, and prose style). Readings will include both model stories and readings on craft, and weekly in-class writing exercises will help you generate new material and polish your technique. Each participant in the class will have the opportunity to workshop at least one story. This class is a perfect fit for new and intermediate fiction writers who’d like a rigorous exploration of the central elements of the genre. Required Texts: Janet Burroway, Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft, 8th Edition, Longman 2010. Ben Marcus, New American Stories, Vintage Contemporaries 2015.


Hugo House is moving temporarily! May 19 is the last date that Hugo House will hold classes at 1634 11th Ave. Beginning May 20, Hugo House classes will be held at 1021 Columbia St, Seattle, WA 98104This class will switch locations in week 3.

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: Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum

Class Type: 10 Sessions

Start Date: 05/07/2016

No Class On: June 11

End Date: 07/16/2016

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$342.00 Member Price:
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Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum

Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum is the author of three collections of short fiction, most recently What We Do With the Wreckage, which won the 2017 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and was published by UGA Press in 2018. Her earlier collections are Swimming With Strangers (Chronicle, 2008) and This Life She's Chosen (Chronicle, 2005). Her short fiction has been published in Ploughshares, McSweeney's, One Story, and North American Review, among other journals, and she has been the recipient of a PEN/O. Henry Prize. Kirsten teaches fiction writing at Hugo House and 9th-12th grade English at a small independent school near Seattle.

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