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The Building Blocks of Narrative

Let’s talk fundamentals. This mixed-genre course covers the essential elements of storytelling and will help lay the foundations for a strong short story or personal essay. From plot to point-of-view, each class explores a key building block of narrative. Guided by engaging prompts, discussion, and readings from writers like Anne Lamott, David Sedaris and Junot Díaz, you’ll generate raw material and leave inspired to keep writing. You’ll also have the opportunity to share work 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: 02/20/2016

End Date: 03/26/2016

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$220.50 Member Price:
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$245.00 General 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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