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The Building Blocks of Narrative

How do we make our stories compelling? What makes a good story “tick”? This course will help you lay the foundation for a strong short story or personal essay. From character to plot to point-of-view, each class explores a different, essential building block of narrative. Guided by engaging writing prompts and readings from a diverse mix of writers including Anne Lamott and Junot Diaz, you’ll generate plenty of raw material. You’ll also set writing goals and give and receive feedback in a supportive environment. Beginners welcome.

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: Irene Keliher

Class Type: 6 Sessions

Start Date: 07/12/2015

End Date: 08/16/2015

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$220.50 Member Price:
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Irene Keliher

Irene Keliher has been a Made at Hugo House fellow and a librettist for the Seattle Opera. Her essays and stories appear in Salon, Calyx, New Ohio Review, Potomac Review, Quarterly West, Bellingham Review and elsewhere. She has an MFA from the University of Houston, where she also served as fiction editor of Gulf Coast. Her work has won the Pearl Magazine Editor’s Prize and the Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction, among other distinctions. She writes marketing copy when she’s not teaching or wrangling her two sons.

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