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Paying Attention

“The hardest thing of all to see is what is really there,” writes J. A. Baker. We’ll practice looking hard at both the natural and the man-made world. We’ll read examples of descriptive writing from H.D., Thoreau, Virginia Woolf, Nicholson Baker, Annie Dillard, and others, and we’ll generate examples of our own. We’ll talk about the virtues of giving people, places, and things our careful attention. And we’ll consider how to use description to give depth and texture to narrative writing, whether fiction or nonfiction. Students will come away from the class full of new material to expand upon.

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: Andrew Palmer

Class Type: 6 Sessions

Start Date: 07/09/2015

End Date: 08/13/2015

Days of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Andrew Palmer

Andrew Palmer's writing has appeared in Slate, Salon, the San Francisco Chronicle, and McSweeney's Internet Tendency. He has received a fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and he has been awarded residencies at UCross and Yaddo.

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