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Omar El Akkad

Priscilla Long

Omar El Akkad

Sonora Jha

Priscilla Long

 

Omar El Akkad

"Resistance Fiction"

What constitutes resistance fiction? What makes a literary work stand in opposition to political and societal injustice? In this master class, we explore some of the hallmarks of fiction focused on resistance and rebellion, with a special emphasis on works from outside North America. We also study some of the ways in which writers living under oppressive regimes have managed to use literature to criticize and expose those regimes.

Thursday, June 25, 2020 | 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. | $79

 

Sonora Jha

"Query - Pitch - Agented"

How do you get to the heart of your story for your pitch? How do you craft that dazzling and succinct query letter? How will you find the agent that sees into your soul? Come craft your story about your story.

Thursday, June 25, 2020 | 1 - 5 p.m. | $99

 

Priscilla Long

"Metaphor for Writers: What Are Metaphors Good For? How Do We Get Good at Making Metaphor?"

This master class discusses the advances by linguists (George Lakoff and others) in thinking of metaphor as what every human being on earth uses every day to conceptualize the world. (Example: "Life is a journey.") Then we will look at kinds of metaphors and how we can get better at them, and actually develop a practice of making our own original metaphors. Metaphors are not decoration but rather an aid to visualizing, to seeing, to understanding. And they can be beautiful.

Thursday, June 25, 2020 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. | $79

 

Registration Information

Pre-conference events start on Thursday, June 25, at 9:00 a.m. with optional master classes featuring faculty members Omar El Akkad, Sonora Jha, and Priscilla Long. These three- and four-hour master classes are limited in size and often sell out well in advance of the conference, therefore we recommend registering early for these additional options. You can register for these additional options as part of your conference registration process, or you can sign-up for a master class after you've registered for the conference by contacting Whatcom Community College Community and Continuing Education at 360.383.3200.

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