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Friendship Over Time in Fiction

All Levels | Novels that trace the course of friendship over many years let us look closely at how writers create dynamic characters, complex relationships, and structures that allow the reader to experience the passage of time alongside the protagonists. In this class, we’ll read four novels centered on long-lasting friendships, including Virginia Woolf’s The Waves and Toni Morrison’s Sula, and consider how these authors and their craft decisions might influence our own work. Expect lively conversation and prompts for your own writing! (Students interested in expanding their own writing about friendship will have the option of continuing with an eight-week workshop in the spring.)

All students in reading classes will receive a book club discount on the instructor’s reading list at the Elliott Bay Book Co.

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: Liza Birnbaum

Class Type: 10 Sessions

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Start Date: 01/07/2021

No Class On: 2/18/2021

End Date: 03/18/2021

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Liza Birnbaum

Liza Birnbaum's fiction and essays have appeared in Web Conjunctions, jubilat, Open Letters Monthly, and other publications. She is a founding editor of Big Big Wednesday, an annual print journal of literature and visual art, and has taught creative writing in a number of settings, most recently at an alternative school for young women who are pregnant or parenting. In 2019, she will be a funded resident at the Lillian E. Smith Center at Piedmont College. She holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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