This class offers opportunities to practice writing narratives through the forms of fiction and creative nonfiction. Narrative’s major elements and operating modes – from story arc to believable characters and engaging language—give us tools and structures to re-envision the world and ourselves in new and insightful ways. Activities will include brief discussions, writing practice, and small group critique in a nurturing environment. The class encourages writers to consider their own real and imagined life experiences as valuable storytelling material, especially when salted with craft and emotional resonance. (‘Tis the writer’s journey.) General Public/Members: $128/$120 Six Sessions
*Limited to 15 students
Your Teachers: Olivia Archibald, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of English at Saint Martin’s University. Her areas of teaching have included creative writing, the personal essay, literature, composition, and literary criticism. Since retiring in 2018, she has taught creative writing at the Olympia Senior Center and is composing a collection of personal essays as she returns to her love of writing creative nonfiction. Olivia’s writing subjects often involve landscape and growing up in the mountains of southern West Virginia.
Acclaimed novelist Jim Lynch is the author of four novels, including The Highest Tide and Truth Like the Sun. Jim’s work has been compared to writers like John Steinbeck, Ken Kesey, Tom Robbins, and Richard Russo. The Seattle Times has said he “observes like a journalist and writes like a poet.” His latest novel, Before the Wind, was picked as one of the best novels of the year by The Wall Street Journal and the American Library Association and became a bestseller in 2018 in France, where it was a finalist for France’s Voyagers Award for literature about the sea.
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