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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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$380.00 General Price:

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Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum

Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum is the author of two books of short fiction-- This Life She's Chosen and Swimming With Strangers (both published by Chronicle Books). Her short stories and essays have been published widely in journals, and she has been the recipient of a PEN/O. Henry Prize and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. She taught creative writing at Purchase College, SUNY from 2008-2012, and now teaches as an adjunct faculty member at several schools in the Seattle area.

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