In this six-week course, participants will explore the foundational elements of fiction including plot, point of view, voice, setting and other elements. Each week, we will read and examine examples of short fiction which demonstrate each element particularly well. Participants will then generate original work from a prompt with the intention of practicing that particular element. If time allows, participants will share work and evaluate use of the element.
By the end of the course, participants will have developed foundational writing skills in the elements of fiction, strengthened close reading and analysis of short fiction skills, and learned optimal practices for workshop environments.
Details: The Elements of Fiction: A Generative Workshop takes place Saturdays October 28, November 4, 11, 18, 25, and December 2 from 1-3pm remotely through Zoom.
Prerequisite: To register for this class you must have either 1) participated in a past Developing a Writing Habit Class or 2) registered for or taken the prerequisite class: Introduction to Developing a Writing Habit. Those signed up for the four-week session will receive a writing prompt prior to the start of class, and workshopping will begin the first session.
Format: Workshop with generative writing outside of class and feedback during class.
Location: This class takes place remotely online via Zoom.
Size: Limited to 12 participants (including scholarships).
Scholarships: Two scholarship spots are available for this class forwriters in Northeast Ohio. Apply by August 21. NOTE: You can apply for scholarships this semester even if you havereceived one for a previous semester.
Cancellations & Refunds: Cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the first class meeting to receive a full refund. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
J.L. Scott is writer from Northeast Ohio with fourteen years' experience teaching in higher education. She holds a BA, MA and MFA in Fiction, is an editor for Mom Egg Review, and a Team Leader for PenParentis, a non-profit organization that supports parent-writers through fellowships, accountability groups, and community.