January 25, 2022
“’Begin at the beginning,’” the King said, very gravely, “’and go on till you come to the end: then stop.’” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland.
Carroll’s king was clearly not a Chinese king. Western storytelling traditions decree that a linear structure (along with the three-act structure, the hero’s journey, and a rising self-esteem arc) are mandatory features of any satisfying story. This is Western-centric silliness.
This course explores non-linear structures, specifically cyclic and nested structures, using examples from non-Western stories and films. It explores how these structures allow for thematic stacking, embracing of moral complexity, and a synthesis between form and content to explode the idea that a straight line is the best way to tell every story. The course emphasizes practical craft takeaways for storytellers to apply to their own works in progress.
Most Clarion West events are free or already at reduced cost. For discounts and access to Clarion West classes and workshops:
The Supporting Tuition rate is shown for each class or workshop, for folks who are able to pay it. Paying the Supporting Tuition rate enables us to continue to pay our staff and instructors equitably, as well as support access to classes for others who may be in a different financial situation.
Limited Free Registration: We reserve a percentage of free seats in every class for writers who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or Persons of Color (BIPOC) on a first-come-first-served basis, regardless of financial need. Please email us with the name of the class you would like to enroll in, even if the class appears full: firstname.lastname@example.org. We ask that you limit your request to 3-5 classes maximum, listed in order of your first choice. Read more about our equity and inclusion policies here.
Helping Hand Discount (Enter Code at Checkout): If you are under more limited economic circumstances and/or identify as from a marginalized background, we offer a 26% discount. Enter this code at checkout: CWDISCOUNTS4WRITERS. You are invited to use this discount code for all online classes and workshops if this will help you take the class. Read about why we offer this discount here.
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Unless otherwise noted, all times listed are in United States Pacific Time (PT).
PT is seven hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC–7) for most of the year, from the second Sunday in March until the first Sunday in November. During the remainder of the year, PT is shifted back one hour, to UTC–8.
Clarion West is using Zoom for our online programs, classes, and workshops. We always make Zoom’s auto-generated closed captions available for all of our online sessions and live captioners for streaming events.
Requesting an interpreter: If the class is discussion-intensive or uses features that make the auto-generated captions impossible (for example, if a class uses breakout rooms), a live captioner or ASL interpreter can be requested. We ask that students request a live captioner or interpreter 3–5 business days before the class date. For live captioners, we are currently partnering with VITAC Internet Captioning Services.
Chat and closed caption transcripts can be sent to you after the class. We ask our instructors to provide reading materials and slides in advance, whenever possible. If you have specific needs or requests for your instructor, please send in your request 3–5 business days before the class date.
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Be sure to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your list of safe contacts. If you still can’t find the link, please reach out to us at (206) 322-9083 or email@example.com at least one hour before class begins. Be aware that if you contact us after class has started, staff may be introducing the instructor and getting the class underway; they will respond to your request as soon as they are able.
Yes. One day before the class begins, we will send a reminder to the email you used to register.
Please be sure to add your class to your personal calendar when you register, with reminders if needed. Unfortunately, we are not able to refund class fees if you miss a class.
Unless designated for teens, all online classes and workshops are recommended for anyone aged 18 or older. If you have a question about the minimum age requirement, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clarion West will refund all class fees if the request is made 30 days prior to the class date. Refund requests made within 30 days of the class will be honored if we can fill the seat. Any exceptions are subject to approval by our workshop staff. Please email email@example.com.
Please enter the name and email address of the person you are purchasing the class for under the first step of the registration process, “Attendee info.”
If you want to buy a gift certificate for a friend, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us your information and the name, email, and contact information for the person you wish to send a gift certificate to.
Clarion West does not share contact information with any other organization.
We reserve a percentage of seats in every class for writers who identify as Black, Indigenous, or Persons of Color (BIPOC) on a first-come-first-served basis, regardless of financial need. Learn more about our Equity & Inclusion policies. Please email us with the name of the class you would like to enroll in: email@example.com
For folks who are under more limited economic circumstances, no matter your background, we offer a discount code for reduced pricing: CWDISCOUNTS4WRITERS. If this will help you take the class, you are invited to use this code for a 26% discount on all online classes and workshops.
How to use the code: register for any class you are interested in. When you get to the check-out portion of the class, you will find a place to enter the discount code in the upper left area of the check-out section. Enter the code and it will be immediately applied to any classes you have registered for. Then follow the instructions to complete your order. Please enter your discount code before completing your payment.
Read about why we offer this discount here.