Designed for beginning and intermediate writers, this course uncovers the mysteries of creating fiction. Through a combination of lectures, in-class exercises, workshops, discussions, and homework, you examine the core elements authors use to craft their stories: plot, characterization, dialogue, points of view, theme, and structure. You will also learn an effective revision process, as well as look into finding the right market for your work.
The Story Writer’s Workshop November 15, 2016
Beyond the First Draft: Revising Your Work November 15, 2016
According to Ernest Hemingway, the first draft of anything is, well, we can’t politely print what he said, but we can tell you it rhymes with “quit” (which is something you should never do after your first draft). To ensure you never give up, this class, through a combination of lectures, in-class exercises, workshops, discussions, and homework, will take a draft of your manuscript (either fiction or narrative non-fiction) through a recursive rewriting process. You’ll refine and improve elements such as points of view, narrative consistency, and structural design. The result will be a better manuscript, and you’ll have the knowledge to effectively critique your own writing.
Story Structure: How to Build a Story November 15, 2016
Good stories don’t just happen – they’re built. Like a blueprint, you need a sound structure to build an effective emotional journey for your readers. Through a combination of lectures, in-class exercises, workshops, discussions, and homework, we’ll explore both common and unconventional story shapes used in fiction. We’ll also look at genre conventions, three-act structure, and the hero’s journey, to develop the tools you will need to build emotionally satisfying stories again and again.