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Frances McCue discusses writing vignettes about photographs, at Village Books

University of Washington teacher and poet Frances McCue, founding director of Seattle’s Richard Hugo House, leads a two-hour course how to use portraits and landscapes to encourage prose poems, small stories or vignettes at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at Village Books, 1200 11th St.

McCue will give the group triggers for writing from photographs and offer innovative triggers to use on your own. People are encourage to bring their own photos, but McCue will show some photographs by Mary Randlett to get everyone started.

McCue’s most recent book of poetry, “The Bled,” won the 2011 Washington State Book Award for poetry.

Participants will write together in class, and produce a final short vignette, poem or story to pair with a photograph. The workshop will be followed by a public “Literature Live” event at Village Books at 7 p.m. for her new book, “Mary Randlett Portraits.”

Cost: $29; register at whatcomcommunityed.com or 360-383-3200.

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