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Introductory/Intermediate | Where does the energy for a story really come from? And how can you keep it going, once you’ve started? This class is designed to help you get started—or to recharge—the story you want to tell, whether novel or memoir. We’ll explore the shapes of stories and the narrative tools that make them work. By delving into less frequently studied narrative devices (e.g. momentum, shaping, time, information release) you’ll learn how to shape your own story from beginning to end.
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.
Class Type: 8 SessionsFiction
Start Date: 02/01/2018
No Class On: 2/15/2018
End Date: 03/29/2018
Days of the Week: Thursday
Time: 7:10 pm – 9:10 pm PST
Minimum Class Size: 5
Maximum Class Size: 15
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$375.00 General Price:
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Susan V. Meyers has lived and taught in Chile, Costa Rica, and Mexico. She earned an MFA from the University of Minnesota and a PhD from the University of Arizona, and she currently directs the Creative Writing Program at Seattle University. Her fiction and nonfiction have been supported by grants from the Fulbright foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, 4Culture, Artist Trust, and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, as well as several artists residencies. Her novel Failing the Trapeze won the Nilsen Award for a First Novel and the Fiction Attic Press Award for a First Novel, and it was a finalist for the New American Fiction Award. Other work has recently appeared in Per Contra, Calyx, Dogwood, The Portland Review, and The Minnesota Review, and it has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.