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Plot: It’s Not a Four-Letter Word

As fiction writers, we love the symmetry of a great sentence, the power of place and setting, the complexities of the mind and heart merging to contemplate experience. We also love plot. Really we do. It’s just hard to come up with ones that don’t feel dictated, contrived, stock. We’ll examine how to build and revise plots that grow organically out of a character’s choices, context, and desires. This is a workshop, and everyone will have their prose reviewed. We will also read and discuss stories by plot masters, such as Robert Stone, Flannery O’Connor, and Angela Carter.

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: Michael Shilling

Class Type: 6 Sessions

Start Date: 03/20/2014

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Michael Shilling

Michael Shilling is the author of Rock Bottom, a novel published by Little, Brown. The musical adaptation of the book was staged in 2014 by the Landless Theater Company. His stories have appeared in The Sun, Fugue, and Other Voices.

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