This class is designed for new fiction writers or those who have some prior experience, but wish to hone their foundations. Please be prepared to share your work with the group.
A short story often begins in seed-form: a snippet of overheard dialogue, a line of poetry, or simply an idea that’s been needling at you, nagging to be explored. The experience of actually writing a short story can feel like groping along the thread of this idea with a blindfold on. It’s easy to feel
of peers to cheerlead, hold you accountable, and offer insights on your works-in-progress as we move ahead.
Together, we will explore how to:
- generate ideas
- keep a writer’s journal
- create convincing characters
- choose a point of view that reflects the tone of the story
- build scenes
- structure our narratives
- refine our use of language
- be our own editors
You will be offered insights on your works-in-progress from your peers, as well as from me, in a supportive, mentally stimulating environment. The workshops will be supported by readings, writing exercises, and guided discussion about the craft of fiction writing.
By the end of the course, you will have the tools to generate new ideas, follow their threads, and build a compelling short story from beginning to end.