Introduction to Fiction Writing

Dates: August 5-September 23. Mondays or Thursdays, 6-8 pm (No class August 26.)
Location: The Abigail Stuart House
$125 for Members; $175 for Non-Members
Facilitator: Jordan Hartt
Space Available: 4 spaces available out of 12
Registration: available down the page, or call 360-531-1472.

Designed for beginning, emerging, and establish writers, we’ll look at the craft of fiction writing at it most resonant levels. Starting with a deep discovery of sensory detail we’ll show how that opens up into setting, character, point of view, plot, structure, pacing, voice, style, tone, visual presentation, titles, authorial identity, and thematic elements, while looking deeply at work by Katherine Mansfield, James Baldwin, James Joyce, Alice Munro, Isabel Allende, David Romtvedt, Sandra Cisneros, and others.

You’ll enjoy inspirational discussions that will open up these texts, seeing how multiple inter-locking craft elements come into play, and generating much new work of your own in a supportive environment!

Since our inception in 2014, Kahini participants have published over three thousand individual times in literary magazines; released over two hundred books; been featured in the Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, Best American Short Stories, and Best American Science & Nature Writing anthologies; been shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing; won New Zealand’s Best First Book Award, and won multiple other awards, fellowships, and full university professorships in creative writing.



Jordan Hartt jordan copyis the author of the story collections “Leap” and “Drifting,” both on Tebot Bach Press.

My lifework is in creating experiences where people find the craft instruction to reach for their best writing, find the community to connect meaningfully across backgrounds, and find the lifelong inspiration of the writing life, including the Olympia Writing Center’s high-level writing workshops, language classes, cultural exchange programs, and readings and performances here in our area.

To do this, I facilitate the Center; host annual writing residencies in Po’ipū, Kaua’i; Kolkata, India; and Kampala, Uganda; and give as a philanthropist to artists and visionaries around the world. I’m currently working on a new book.

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