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Writing classes are everywhere, tantalizing aspiring authors with the promise of heightened creativity, enhanced skills, connections and publication tips, camaraderie and support. But what really happens in these classes? What types of stories get written? Are they interesting, or even readable? In GREEN TIME, readers will get an honest look at a body of work developed by a diverse group of Seattle residents during an independent fiction-writing workshop held over the spring and summer of 2002.

So often, student writers do not have the time or confidence to endure the multi-year project of sending stories out into the ‘slush piles’ of literary journals for possible publication. For this reason, way too many emerging voices are never heard at all. Instead, we get the same polished pros over and over again, even in the ‘smallest’ of our nation’s journals. Green Time is trying to settle that score. It contains 14 short works from a class of serious student writers, most of whom were toiling at significant day jobs during the workday. Their professions included an astrologer, a construction worker, a software program manager, a CAD and graphics technician, a tour guide, a visual artist, a photographer, a legal supervisor, and a retired operating room nurse (and mother of ten).

Producing Green Time has been a barn-raising project with the book’s design, cover art, photographs all contributed by class members: Jean Lenihan, the instructor, served as the book’s editor. In all aspects of this project, people blazed into territory that they’d never attempted previously. For that reason, the collection bears the title "Green Time," taken from a line in Julie Schickling’s tale in which one character explains "‘Green Time’... it means Now. Green light. Go."

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This collection features 14 stories written in the winter and spring of 2002 during an independent fiction-writing workshop held at one of Seattle's moodiest settings: the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford. Formerly a girls' home run by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, the landmark public-use center looms over a walled, overgrown 11-acre garden carved from a busy residential neighborhood. Crossing the sprawling lawns to the stone entrance steps, one senses that the Italianate palace still casts long shadows of strained, cloistered young lives from decades past.

The atmospheric setting contributed something helpful to this group of budding writers—which is why we've interspersed Tim Rounds' recent photographs of the center with these new works of fiction. But don't let the cool silence of these pictures fool you—both the place and our process were drafty and loud.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Contributors to Green Time include Mary Bruno, Ben Gebhardt, Courtenay Gebhardt, Michelle Goodman, Jason Herman, Deborah F. Lawrence, Elizabeth McCarthy, Lisa Orlick, Lucy Pond, Mindy Schaberg, Julie Schickling, Sunny Speidel, Erika Teschke, and Gloria Upper. The cover art was created by Deborah F. Lawrence; interior photographs were shot by Tim Rounds. The writers were toiling at the following day jobs while they penned these tales: tour guide, tarot-reader and astrologer, construction worker, technical writer, activist, artist, mother, software program manager, law clerk, and CAD technician. The book's editor was the groups' class instructor, Jean Lenihan, a former Seattle Times staff critic.

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