Learning to write creatively doesn't just allow us to tell compelling stories – it helps to process our emotions and make sense of the world around us. Each day we'll explore a new area of storytelling through engaging, interactive exercises, from mapping out a plot to creating memorable characters to setting a vivid scene. We’ll also hear from “guest authors” on where they get their ideas, how to beat writer's block, and their advice for young writers. Each writer will have the chance to craft a short story of their own and receive feedback before the end of the week, and will leave with a toolkit to make writing an ongoing practice. Instructor: Kari Vandraiss is a senior writer at education nonprofit Committee for Children, creator of social-emotional learning program Second Step. With a degree in creative writing from University of Puget Sound and a master's in journalism from Northwestern University, Karin is a contributor to Seattle Met magazine and has edited several works of fiction.