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The Blind Date

Don’t let the title scare you: You will not be paired off. Starting with Grace Paley’s assertion that every story is actually two stories, this brainstorming workshop will explore the alchemy of combining seemingly disparate concepts into one narrative. We’ll each take our own unused, unloved ideas and, after we discuss the fine art of narrative matchmaking, set them up together for a lifetime of happiness – or at least a few paragraphs of fun. Our further discussion will focus on the ways we find meaning in the space between our main ideas. You’ll leave with the makings of several stories, novels, poems, or personal essays. In addition to something to write with, bring whatever notebook or computer file contains your miscellaneous ideas (the one that says cryptic things like “a story about ducks? / War of 1812 / the time Mike lost the chair / a man who stops dreaming”). Get ready to play Yente!

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: Rebecca Makkai

Class Type: 1 Session

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Start Date: 02/05/2016

Days of the Week: Friday

Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Rebecca Makkai

Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the novels The Hundred-Year House and The Borrower, and the story collection Music for Wartime. Her work has appeared four times in The Best American Short Stories.

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