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Inclusive Setting and Characterization

All Levels | This course will explore the reciprocal relationship between setting and characterization. In particular, we’ll focus on the esoteric details characters notice and how macrocosmic social, cultural, and political systems control character decision-making. We’ll read a combination of short fiction and craft essays, as well as workshop one short story each with the objective of better understanding this relationship in our own work.

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: Aram Mrjoian

Class Type: 10 Sessions


Term: Winter 2022

Start Date: 01/12/2022

No Class On: 1/19/2022, 2/23/2022

End Date: 03/30/2022

Days of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 7:10 pm – 9:10 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$432.00 Member Price:
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Aram Mrjoian

Aram Mrjoian is a visiting assistant professor of creative writing at Pacific Lutheran University. He earned his PhD in creative writing at Florida State University and his MFA at Northwestern University.
Aram has served as an editor-at-large at the Chicago Review of Books, the Southern Review of Books, and the Southeast Review, as well as the managing editor at TriQuarterly. Additionally, he worked as a feature writer for several other publications, including Book Riot. His professional background includes work in content marketing, public relations, social media management, and advertising.

His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Barrelhouse, Quarterly West, Gulf Coast online, The Millions, The Rumpus, Cream City Review, Colorado Review, Boulevard, Joyland, Kenyon Review online, Longreads, Booth, Hobart, and many other publications.

He is currently at work editing an anthology of essays by voices from the Armenian diaspora, slated for publication with University of Texas Press in fall 2022.

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