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What Can We Learn from Harry Potter?

Introductory/Intermediate | J. K. Rowling changed the publishing industry with a fantasy series about a boy with an unusual scar. What can middle-grade and young adult authors learn from her work? We will discuss, dissect, and consider selections of the Harry Potter series, analyzing them for voice, plot, scene, sentence, and more. Combining lecture with workshop, this class is open to students writing any genre of fiction intended for a teenage or middle-grade audience. The class will also include a full-day intensive publishing class on the book business and finding a market for your book.

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: Karen Finneyfrock

Class Type: Yearlong

Start Date: 09/19/2019

No Class On: Instructor will provide more detailed skip dates for the year.

End Date: 05/28/2020

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 7:10 pm – 9:10 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 16

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Karen Finneyfrock

Karen Finneyfrock's debut young adult novel, The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door, was published by Viking Children’s Books in 2013. Her second book of poems, Ceremony for the Choking Ghost, was released on Write Bloody press in 2010. She is a former Writer-in-Residence at Richard Hugo House and teaches for Seattle Arts and Lectures’ Writers-in-the-Schools program. A member of four National Poetry Slam Teams, Karen traveled to Nepal as a Cultural Envoy through the US Department of State to perform and teach poetry and in 2011, she did a reading tour in Germany sponsored by the US Embassy.

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