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New Worlds

Whether we are writing memoirs or fiction, whether “literary” or dystopic, we are all trying to tell a good story and have to make the world our characters inhabit believable. Yet sometimes a magic fish is more plausible than a banker counting money. Why? What is it that makes a world feel real? In this workshop we will work with how we set up the rules of our worlds and keep the contract with the reader. After all, magic fish are not a problem in a place where they spawn naturally. Participants should come ready to work. All genres and mediums welcome!

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.

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Instructor: Vanessa Veselka

Class Type: 2 Sessions

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Start Date: 04/09/2016

End Date: 04/10/2016

Days of the Week: Saturday, Sunday

Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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$150.00 General Price:

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Vanessa Veselka

Vanessa Veselka is the author of the novel, Zazen, which won the 2012 PEN/Robert W. Bingham prize for fiction. Her short stories appear in Tin House, YETI, and Zyzzyva. Her nonfiction is found in GQ, The Atlantic, Matter, The Atavist, and Salon, and is included in the 2013 Best American Essays.

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