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Writing About Illness, Health & Healing

All Levels. Most of us have experienced illness on some level: acute, chronic, physical, mental. We may have taken care of a loved one when they got sick. If writing nonfiction is an exercise in sense-making, how do we make sense of our illnesses on the page? In this class, we will look at published examples of flash nonfiction with a focus on illness and health, and write some flash nonfiction of our own.

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: Janet Buttenwieser

Class Type: 1 Session

Start Date: 03/22/2017

Days of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Janet Buttenwieser

Janet Buttenwieser’s work has appeared in The Rumpus, Under the Sun, Potomac Review, The Pinch, Bellevue Literary Review, and elsewhere. Her memoir, GUTS, was a finalist for the University of New Orleans Publishing Lab Prize and will be published by Vine Leaves Press in 2018. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, was a finalist for Oregon Quarterly’s Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest, and won honorable mention in The Atlantic Student Writing contest, the New Millennium Writings Award and the Artsmith Literary Award. She holds an MFA from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. Visit her at

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