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THE LATE SHOW: (Re)Starting your writing practice at 50+

Introductory | In this supportive, welcoming generative writing class, we will explore the crucial steps to (re)entering and maintaining a writing practice at a later stage in life, experiment with three different genres (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry) through prompts and readings, discover effective techniques of revision through workshopping, and talk about publishing strategies in this age of shorter attention spans. Students will write in class and have short weekly homework writing and reading assignments.

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: Stephanie Barbé Hammer & Deborah Nedelman

Class Type: 6 Sessions

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Term: Winter 2022

Start Date: 01/11/2022

End Date: 02/15/2022

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$274.50 Member Price:
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Stephanie Barbé Hammer & Deborah Nedelman

Stephanie Barbé Hammer is a 4 time nominee for the Pushcart Prize in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Her work has appeared in Pearl, Hayden’s Ferry, the Bellevue Literary Review and S/tick among other places. She was a comp lit scholar for many years, but then decided she wanted to make creative work, rather than just talk about it. Born in New York City she now lives on Whidbey Island where she writes flash fiction, poetry, and occasional essays and teaches creative writing at community colleges and non-profits. She is the author of a novel The Puppet Turners of Narrow Interior (Urban Farmhouse Press in 2015), a poetry collection How Formal? (Spout Hill Press, 2014), and a chapbook, Sex with Buildings (Dancing Girl Press, 2012). She’s working on a new novel about a repentant drug dealer and a new poetry collection about being a city dweller attempting to deal with nature.

Deborah is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College, the University of Washington, and the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. She holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and an MFA in creative writing.

She is co-author of A Guide for Beginning Psychotherapists and Still Sexy After All These Years: the 9 Unspoken Truths about Women’s Desire Beyond 50

Her short stories have appeared in many venues including Concho River Review, Literary Orphans, and Contemporary World Literature. What We Take for Truth, her first novel. was published by Adelaide Books in 2019 and won the Sarton Women’s Book Award for Historical Fiction and was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2019.

Deborah is certified as a group facilitator in the Amherst Writers Method and has been leading writing groups, in person and online, for more than 20 years. She was formerly publisher of Whidbey Life Magazine and fiction editor of Soundings Review. She is currently at work on a novel about a women’s psychiatric ward in the 1980’s. Deborah is an open water swimmer and finds magic in the Salish Sea.

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