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Over this two-day generative workshop with Jarhead author Anthony Swofford, you will read the first pages of a number of fiction and nonfiction works and discuss “the path” into the works for the reader and the writer. With a series of creative prompts and group discussion, you’ll establish tactics for finding a way into story. On the second day, we will use small groups to workshop each writer’s new works and their steps toward establishing a world and narrative drive. Each participant will leave the workshop with the first pages of a new work-in-progress or a refreshed approach to established material.
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.
Class Type: 2 SessionsFiction, Multigenre, Nonfiction, Prose, Visiting
Term: Winter 2020
Start Date: 02/29/2020
End Date: 03/01/2020
Days of the Week: Saturday, Sunday
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm PST
Minimum Class Size: 5
Maximum Class Size: 15
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Anthony Swofford is the author of the memoirs Jarhead and Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails and the novel Exit A. Swofford’s essays, reportage, and opinion pieces have appeared in Harper’s, The Guardian, Slate, and the New York Times, among other places. He has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and West Virginia University. He received his fiction MFA from Iowa. In 2020 Knopf will publish his biography of Carlos Arredondo, a Gold Star Father and hero of the 2013 marathon bombing in Boston. He’s currently writing a feature adaptation of this book. His next prose project is a campus novel called Eight Great Atheists. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, the writer and photographer Christa Parravani, their three children, a fish with a host of names, a dog named Kingsley Exley Lizard, and nearby coyotes.