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At its best, tension is not the leaping-out-from-behind-the-door jolt that moves a narrative forward, but a much less visible rhythm of positive and negative values and valences, at every level: story arc, scene, sentence, even word level: a shimmering electrical current of positives, negatives, and neutralities. Bring some samples of your work (remember, good writing is specific writing), and we’ll examine them for tension, then discuss. Extra credit: In your work, please be versed in the differences between lie and lay, further and farther, etc.!
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.
Rick Bass is a former petroleum geologist and wildlife biologist and the author of seventeen books, including a short story collection, The Hermit’s Story; a memoir, Why I Came West; and the novel All the Land to Hold Us (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013).