Advanced Short Stories
In this class, students are invited to go beyond the basic elements of fiction writing to explore issues of voice, nontraditional plot structure, and unconventional points of view through reading exemplary stories and responding in their own writing. Each week there will be reading and writing assignments that will assist students toward completing at least one story draft by course end. In addition, the opportunity will be provided for students to read and respond to each other's work.
It will be helpful if students enter class with at least an idea for a story, but it's not necessary. We will review the basics of short story writing the first week, but students should be familiar from past class(es) with the basics of character, point of view (POV), plot elements, setting, and theme.
Class Begins: June 5th
Contemporary Short Story
In this class you will learn how to read short fiction critically so that you can improve your own writing skills. The focus will be on recently published, contemporary short fiction from publications such as The New Yorker. You will learn how to develop the elements of your fiction through short writing exercises and receive structured feedback that will help you improve your writing skills. At the end of the class you will have one completed short story that is ready to be submitted for publication.
Class Begins: June 12th
Sonnets are among the most beautiful of all poetic forms. When one thinks of a sonnet, one naturally thinks of Shakespeare's love sonnets. However, there are also other sonnet forms, including the Petrarchan (Italian), Spencerian, and forms. This course will focus on Shakespearean, Petrarchan and Spenserian forms. The class will have a strong focus on writing. After all, the best way to learn a poetic form is to write in that form.
Students need not have prior knowledge of writing in sonnet forms.
Students should have at least an entry level proficiency in writing with iambic pentameter.
Class Begins: June 25th
Plotting the Plot
Often novice writers feel comfortable with developing three-dimensional, believable characters. But what good are these characters if we don't see them in action? Action is a matter of plot, which many writers feel less comfortable with. We'll develop our understanding of plot and apply to writing at least one complete story in this class.
Class Begins: July 10th
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Four week classes are only $99.00