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All Levels | “The best writing grows by accretion, over time,” writes Louise DeSalvo in The Art of Slow Writing. “Taking time prevents us from writing knee-jerk responses to challenging material. It encourages us to reflect upon, and express, the complexity of our subjects.” In this generative class, we’ll explore ways to slow down our memoir writing: to allow ourselves time to imagine, to experiment, to add richness and depth. We’ll also look at examples by writers who work this way, including John Steinbeck, Annie Dillard, Pam Houston, and Barack Obama.
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.
Ann Hedreen is an author (Her Beautiful Brain, winner of a Next Gen Indie Award), teacher and documentary filmmaker. Her blog, The Restless Nest earned an honorable mention from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. She has also been published in About Place Journal, 3rd Act Magazine, Crosscut, The Seattle Times, Passager, Persimmon Tree, Minerva Rising and other publications. Her films, including Zona Intangible and Quick Brown Fox: an Alzheimer’s Story, have won many awards. She recently finished a second memoir: After Ecstasy: Memoir of an Observant Doubter.
Favorite writing advice: From Brenda Ueland's Me: a Memoir: “Whenever people write from their true selves (not from their bogus literary selves) it is interesting and one is pulled along into it; and it does me good to read it, and it does them good to write it; it makes them freer and bolder in every way.”