This fiction writing workshop is designed to build the student’s competence on several levels. We will explore the basic craft elements of fiction writing, including setting, character, dialogue, scene, structure, voice, the importance of significant details, and the appropriate use of symbols, as well as some crucial habits necessary to grow as a writer. Students will be asked to submit a piece of short fiction that they have been working on (8-15 pages) and offer it to the class for constructive critique in a workshop setting. However, given the time limitation, please keep in mind that we will need to focus on a manageable number of pages per lesson. Once the course is finished, you should have the tools to continue revising and editing your manuscript until it is completed to your satisfaction. For intermediate and advanced writers.
Kevin Keating's essays, stories and reviews have appeared in over fifty literary journals, including Salon, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Blue Lake Review, and many others. After working as a boilermaker in the steel mills in Ohio, Kevin became a professor of English and began teaching at Baldwin Wallace University, Cleveland State University, Lorain County Community College, and John Carroll University. The Natural Order of Things, his first full-length book, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes/First Fiction Award. His second novel The Captive Condition was released as a Pantheon hardcover on in 2015.