Revising Your Life: Craft Your Fiction or Nonfiction Story
You have a story you’re dying to tell, but how do you tell it? This Seattle writing class will help you get it down on paper, whether it’s a memoir, novel, short story, personal essay, travel story or nonfiction narrative.
This eight-session class in narrative writing will give you the tools to craft your story, whether fiction or nonfiction. You’ll learn these essential techniques:
- The five best ways of opening a story, entrancing readers and editors.
- Research and interviewing to add texture and credibility to your tale.
- First, third person points of view, adding a crucial psychological dimension to a story.
- How to write a great first draft.
- Structuring, revising, polishing like a pro.
- Getting the story to the right editor.
The course will run Oct. 12 to November 30 on Wednesday evenings in person and via Zoom video conference.
There will be six assignments, including a 150-word story idea, a 500-word profile, a 150-word lead, a 1500- to 2500-word story, a revised story, and a 250-word cover letter. In addition to the classroom work, I will schedule individual conferences with each student. This will give me a chance to go over your work with you one-on-one and suggest ways to improve it.
Enrollment is limited to 15.
This class will take place via Zoom video conference and partly in person in room 221 of the Good Shepherd Center in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood.
- Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
- The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown