Professional writing instruction in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

"Writing Our Personal Stories" with Nicole Hardy

1-day, bring your own lunch

When: Saturday, Jan. 23, 10:30am - 4:30 pm

Where: Tulinda Yoga Studio, 618 McGraw Street, Queen Anne

Suitable for beginning and emerging writers

In this one day class, we'll divide our time among lecture, discussion, and writing exercises as we delve into the art of creating memoir from memory. I'll pass on some lessons I learned the hard way, show samples from other authors, and explain how novelists' techniques can be useful in writing creative nonfiction.

10:30 – 2:30
Introduction to Creative Non-fiction, including personal essay & memoir

                       Why read it?
                       Why write it?
                       How is it similar to/different from writing fiction?

Checklist, culled from best advice from Dan Jones, editor of Modern Love

Read & discuss one sample essay, one memoir chapter with an eye to essential elements of craft

· Narrative structure
· Scene vs. Summary
· Dialogue
· Characterization
· Cultivating vulnerability

Series of 3 writing prompts

12:30 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 3:00
Topics Central To Writing Personal Stories

Writers of creative non-fiction are advised to be hardest on themselves not “let themselves off the hook”
· What does this mean?
· How does a writer achieve it?
· How does a writer share without oversharing?

Read and discuss one sample essay, one short memoir chapter, as models

Series of 3 writing prompts

3:00 – 4:00
Guided writing exercises, continuing with one or more of the 6 previous prompts
4:00 – 4:30
General Q&A, my best advice on writing & publishing creative non-fiction

Nicole Hardy's memoir, Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin, was a finalist for the 2014 Washington State Book Award. Her other books include the poetry collections This Blonde and Mud Flap Girl's XX Guide to Facial Profiling, a chapbook of pop-culture inspired sonnets. Her work has appeared in literary journals and newspapers including The New York Times, and has been adapted for radio and stage. Her essay, "Single, Female, Mormon, Alone," was noted in 2012's Best American Essays. She earned her MFA at the Bennington College Writing Seminars. Learn more at

What to bring:
Bring something on which to write, be it paper and pencil or laptop. (Please charge up before coming and bring your power cord, and we’ll do our best to accommodate your charging needs.) Please also bring your mobile coffee mug or water bottle. We’ll provide coffee, tea, and water. And an extra layer always helps keep everyone in the room comfortable.

How much: $125

Lunch: BYO

To register:
Send name, phone, and email to Payment arrangements will be made upon receipt. Your payment in full confirms your registration.


  1. I'm so bummed that I can't take this class! It's exactly what I've been looking for! Please let me know if you decide to do another one! Opal

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