1634 11th Avenue
Seattle WA 98122
All Levels | This four-week online course examines the key elements of writing brief, McSweeney’s-style pieces. It also explores publication options within the expanding humor-writing market. You might be encouraged to find that humor sites are surprisingly literary and a mix of low- and high-brow, as evidenced by popular headlines “Our Daughter Isn’t a Selfish Brat; Your Son Just Hasn’t Read Atlas Shrugged” and “Famous Writers’ Cosmo Tips.”
This class takes place online through our partners at Wet Ink, and sessions can be completed at your own pace throughout the week.
Sept. 19 – Oct. 10, 2020
Introductory | “Where does one begin?” asks Amy Hempel in an essay on short stories. Her answer: “With obsession and nerve and ground worth reporting on.” This six-week online introduction lays down a few simple but fundamental craft concepts for writing short stories. Students will generate and workshop new work while we discuss passages from Hempel, Denis Johnson, Sandra Cisneros, and Jamaica Kincaid. Students should be willing to risk vulnerability and intimacy.
Oct. 13 – Nov. 17, 2020