Introduction to Creative Fiction Writing

Introduction to Fiction Writing

Are you a literary star in the making?  Or maybe just love making up stories? This writing-intensive course for students ages 9-13 offers guided experience in creating your own short fiction. Through readings and short writing exercises, students will study a variety of forms, styles, and techniques of contemporary fiction writers. Emphasis will be on student-produced work, and much of the class will operate as a writing workshop, focusing on peer critique and direct, one-on-one feedback with the instructor. Students will eventually produce at least two complete pieces of fiction. Some time will also be given to discussion of the business of writing, with practical ideas on publishing. Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long.

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Are you a literary star in the making?  Or maybe just love making up stories? This writing-intensive course for students ages 9-13 offers guided experience in creating your own short fiction. Through readings and short writing exercises, students will study a variety of forms, styles, and techniques of contemporary fiction writers. Emphasis will be on student-produced work, and much of the class will operate as a writing workshop, focusing on peer critique and direct, one-on-one feedback with the instructor. Students will eventually produce at least two complete pieces of fiction. Some time will also be given to discussion of the business of writing, with practical ideas on publishing. Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long.

Covered elements include:

  • Dialogue
  • Description
  • Characterization
  • Plot development
  • Drafting and revising

Required books:

Other writing, including short fiction for analysis, will be provided as pdf files or else available online.

Topics Covered

•Dialogue

•Description

•Characterization

•Plot development

•Drafting and revising

Challenge Level

Appropriate for creative writers of all ages

Time Commitment

Most students report spending approximately 2 hours per week on homework outside of the webinar.

Instructor

Count Karloff

Reading List

Writing Without the Muse: 60 Beginning Exercises for the Creative Writer by Beth Baruch Joselow.

Other writing, including short fiction for analysis, will be provided as pdf files or else available online.

Usually Offered

Fall or Spring Semesters

Prerequisites

Students should be willing and able to write multi-paragraph texts independently and to verbally communicate complex ideas with the microphone in the live webinar.

Available Sessions

Fall 2017 Wednesday 9am Pacific