Summer Writing Course | Fiction Workshop

WRIT S1001
3 points
Instructor: Amy Koppelman
WRIT S1001
3 points
Instructor: Rachel Sherman

For course schedule and location, please visit the School of Professional Studies summer site here.
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This course is an exciting way for students to either brush up on their skills as a fiction writer, or create a foundation for future projects. The class will focus on both craft and content, and students will receive feedback and specific, goal-oriented advice on how to write short stories or a novel. Besides the basics (ie: point-of-view, character, structure, tense, dialogue) the craft discussions and subsequent assignments will explore the way in which a writer conveys emotions, physicality and believability within a narrative. We will begin by reading the work of published writers, and move to critiquing students' own work in our workshops, where they will learn to identify “fiction-worthy” moments, find the “heart” of plot, and figure out how to best tell their stories. Students will receive written critiques and line edits from the instructor as well as their peers.
Tuition & Fees
Students can review tuition and fees here.

Materials Fee: $20
For questions about School of the Arts summer courses, including those concerning admissions, registration, and billing, please contact the School of Professional Studies summer team at, or 212-854-9666. With questions about specific course content, please contact Writing Departmental Representative Dorothea Lasky at

About the Instructors

Amy Koppelman is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, A Mouthful of Air and I Smile Back. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Pennsylvania, and an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. Koppelman and her screenwriting partner adapted I SMILE BACK for the screen. The film, starring Sarah Silverman, premiered at the 2015 Sundance, Toronto and Deauville Film Festivals. Amy lives in New York City with her family. She is an outspoken advocate for women’s mental health. more

Rachel Sherman
Rachel Sherman holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. Her short stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Fence, The Offing, Catapult, and n+1, among other publications. Her first book, The First Hurt, was short-listed for The Story Prize and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and was named one of the 25 Books to Remember in 2006 by the New York Public Library. Her first novel, Living Room (2009) was commended for its “…perfect pacing…” by The New York Times Book Review.  She teaches writing at Rutgers and Columbia Universities, and leads the Ditmas Writing Workshops. more
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