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In addition to writing fiction and nonfiction, I also teach writing classes through The Writer’s Workshop. I teach a quarterly class in Seattle at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford, a yearly class in Europe, and at the Richard Hugo House and other venues.

I also offer online classes in fiction and nonfiction writing and poetry. For more on these classes, check out my website,


Nick O’Connell

Follow the  Story: Winter Creative Writing Seminar 

Follow the Story will  explore the genres of fiction and nonfiction. The eight-week course will  introduce you to a wonderfully diverse mix of writing–personal essays, memoirs,  profiles, travel stories, short light pieces and short stories. What are the  “rules” and conventions of each genre? How can you use genre to deepen and  enrich your own work? How can genre help you hit all the right notes in your  writing? You’ll also learn essential techniques of narrative writing–dramatic  scenes, characterizations and scene by scene construction. The Seattle writing  course will run January 8 to Feb. 19 on Wednesday evenings (Jan. 8, 22, 29, Feb.  5, 12, 19) and two Monday evenings, (Jan. 13, 27) from 7 to 9 p.m. in Room 221  of the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford (4649 Sunnyside Ave. N.)

In addition to the classroom work, I’ll schedule individual conferences with each of you. This will give me a  chance to go over your story or book chapter with you one-on-one and suggest  ways to improve it. There will be six assignments: a 150-word story idea or book  concept statement, a 250-word scene, a 250-word genre exercise, a 1500- to  2500-word story or book chapter and its revision, a cover letter for your story  or book. The cost will be $600 per person. Texts: Follow the Story by James Stewart; Best American Essays of the Century  edited by Joyce Carol Oates. Both  titles are available at the Elliott Bay Book Company.

To enroll, and for a list of current classes, visit

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