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UW teacher and poet Frances McCue offers ‘Writing Vignettes about Photographs’ course at Village Books

University of Washington teacher and poet Frances McCue, hosted by Village Books’ Chuckanut Writers, offers a course in writing vignettes about photographs at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at Village Books, 1200 11th St.

McCue will show portraits and landscapes to encourage prose poems, small stories or vignettes, and will give the group some triggers for writing from photographs and offer innovative triggers for participants to use on their own. Participants should bringing photos, but McCue will show photographs by Mary Randlett to get everyone started.

Participants will write together in class and create the final product of a short vignette, poem or story to pair with a photograph.

The workshop costs $29, and will be followed by a free public event at Village Books at 7 p.m. for McCue’s new book, “Mary Randlett Portraits.”

To register, go to whatcomcommunityed.com or call 360-383-3200.

McCue is an award-winning poet, essayist and arts administrator. Founding director of the Richard Hugo House, she teaches writing and literature as a writer-in-residence at UW’s Undergraduate Honors Program. Her first book of poetry, “The Stenographer’s Breakfast,” won the Barnard New Women’s Poetry Prize. Her most recent book of poetry, “The Bled,” won the 2011 Washington State Book Award for poetry. She is also the author, with photographs by Mary Randlett, of “The Car That Brought You Here Still Runs: Revisiting the Northwest Towns of Richard Hugo.”

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