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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Heckle Me

Posted by on Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 11:03 AM

826 Seattle is a place where kids learn to dig language, and the place has style. It's a writing center in Greenwood, with a store attached where you can buy outer space travel supplies.

I'm going to teach an adult class at 826 this coming Tuesday, and I really want you to consider coming out, because the class I'm teaching is entirely a fundraiser for 826—which, being a nonprofit in a comatose economy, struggles for every last buck even though last year Michelle Obama herself gave 826 Seattle a smacking kiss.

826 calls this summer class series "How to Write Like Me," which obviously you don't want to do, so I'll double-back-flip-teach you how not to. I'm a ninja unteacher like that.

Seriously (mostly): I'll start by sharing a little about my embarrassing and humbling career in being called an Expert (critic) when I actually feel I can only write or think well when in doubt (which is often). Doubt, curiosity, and making the best possible fool of yourself—that's where we'll begin. Each of us will do a little writing (which I like to call "foolmaking"), based on pushing past what you know in a subject of your choosing, and then we'll point and laugh at each other.

Ready? The time is 7 to 8:30/9 pm next Tuesday, July 17, and tickets are $35, all of which goes to 826. Join me. Heckle me.


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Heckling you is what these commenty box things are for though!
Posted by gloomy gus on July 11, 2012 at 11:08 AM · Report this
despicable me 2
Your mother dresses you funny.
Posted by despicable me on July 11, 2012 at 11:16 AM · Report this
Zebes 3
I think the idea of learning about skillfully constructed criticism (by way of bad examples, I guess) while financially supporting a writing workshop for kids is really awesome, and I guess that makes me a huge dork, but whatevs.
Posted by Zebes on July 11, 2012 at 11:40 AM · Report this
826 is a great program - thanks for doing this!
Posted by StuckInUtah on July 11, 2012 at 12:17 PM · Report this
pg13 6
Love 826.

But no, I won't heckle you. People shouldn't heckle.

Drunk, entitled assholes heckle.
Posted by pg13 on July 11, 2012 at 12:25 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 7
@3 - Zebes, if you go to this thing, I'll go, too, and maybe stare at you.
Posted by MacCrocodile on July 11, 2012 at 12:25 PM · Report this
Dr_Awesome 8
Plus you get to travel through their Atomic Matter Teleporter to get there!

I'll try to make it.
Posted by Dr_Awesome on July 11, 2012 at 12:27 PM · Report this
Sam Machkovech 9
Many of 826's amazing volunteers have a prior engagement on Tuesday--as in, the 826 softball team will be playing in Queen Anne. (We're called the Oscar Wildes.) We too would probably rather see Jen speak about the craft than lose 20-0, once again, to the Gates Foundation's team, but alas. Hope it's a good one.
Posted by Sam Machkovech on July 11, 2012 at 12:33 PM · Report this

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