My New Class at Hugo House

I’m teaching a new workshop class at Hugo House in Seattle starting in July. It’s called “Writing Beyond Description,” and deals with a writing concept that I’ve been cultivating for many years, one that Charles Baxter calls “hyperdetailing.”

Often, the story a writer is really trying to tell lies deep beneath plot and characterization. The concept of hyperdetailing essentially means using an abundance of description, both spoken and unspoken, that reveals the narrative theme through subtext and infuses it with a deeper and more effective meaning.

Students will submit a story or chapter and, through a series of exercises, workshop analysis, and intense revision, will take their work from early draft stage toward completion.

The class will be held four consecutive Wednesdays, from 5-7 pm, July 25 through August 15. And as long as construction stays on schedule it’ll be held at the NEW Hugo House facility!! at 11th and E. Olive—sign up for the Hugo House e-newsletter for updates on completion of this fabulous new site.

Here’s a link to the class. Use this one to browse the entire Hugo House class catalog. Got questions? Contact me through the comments box or the Contact page, and I’ll tell you more.