Narrative Writing Class: Tell Your Story (Fall 2023)


Tell Your Story: Craft Your Fiction or Nonfiction Story

You have a story you’re dying to tell, but how do you tell it? This narrative 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. 11 to November 29 on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. PDT via Zoom and with hybrid in person option.

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.

  • On Writing Well by William Zinsser