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Creating Nonhuman Characters

All Levels | Nonhuman characters bring a depth to your story not achievable with human characters. By exploring four elements — point of view, intelligence, behavior, and “The Wilding” (the moment when the animal character becomes its most primitive self ) — you can follow in the footsteps of Sofia Samatar, Caroline M. Yoachim, Brooke Bolander, and Garth Stein to create unforgettable nonhuman characters that readers identify with and love. This lively workshop explores not only animals but also landscapes, mythical creatures, and inanimate objects, such as toys and appliances.

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: Elizabeth Beechwood & Katherine Quevedo

Class Type: 1 Session

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Term: Fall 2021

Start Date: 11/21/2021

Days of the Week: Sunday

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Elizabeth Beechwood & Katherine Quevedo

Elizabeth Beechwood is your typical scarf-knitting, bird-feeding tree hugger who lives on the western fringes of Portland, Oregon. When she writes, she starts with regular characters with regular lives … but then something strange happens. Whether it’s fiction, fantasy, magical realism or genre-bending, you can count on something just a little peculiar from her stories. Elizabeth earned an MFA in Popular Fiction at the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program and her fiction has been featured in Nightscape Press’s "Nox Pareidolia," Third Flatiron’s "Hidden Histories," Not a Pipe Publishing’s "The Year of Publishing Women’s Short Stories" series, Crossed Genres, and Every Day Fiction. You can visit her at

Katherine Quevedo’s fiction has appeared in Best Indie Speculative Fiction Vol. III, Short Édition’s Short Circuit, GigaNotoSaurus, Apparition Literary Magazine, Triangulation: Appetites, and elsewhere. Her poetry received an honorable mention in the 2020 Helen Schaible International Sonnet Contest and has appeared in Honeyguide Literary Magazine, NonBinary Review, Songs of Eretz, Coffin Bell, Sidequest, and elsewhere. Her non-fiction has been published in the official blog of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). She was born and raised near Portland, Oregon, where she works as an analyst and lives with her husband and two sons. She holds an MBA from Portland State University and degrees in English and Business Economics from Santa Clara University.

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