Fiction Workshop

WRIT S1001D - Session 1: May 26–July 2 - monday, wednesday - 5:30 - 8:40 pm - 3 Points
WRIT S1001Q - Session 2: July 6–August 14 - tuesday, thursday - 1:00 - 4:10 pm - 3 points

Summer 2020
Erroll McDonald, Lynn Steger Strong

This class tends to fill early, but spots can open up as students' plans change. Interested students who cannot register because the course is at capacity should visit Student Services Online (SSOL) regularly to check for new availabilities.

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.


All courses subject to change.


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