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Fall Fiction / Creative Nonfiction Workshop


Meets: 6 meetings, 6-8p: Wed, Oct 24; Tues, Oct 30; Tues, Nov 6; Thur, Nov 15; Thur, Nov 29; Tues, Dec 4.
Instructor: Susanna Daniel
Location: West Side
Cost: $448 (-20% with end-of-year promotion)
Enrollment: 4 openings

This class is for writers who want to explore various ways to tell true and/or fictional stories. Is there an experience you keep returning to? A family member you’re fascinated by but you’re not sure why? Or a subject, like food or music, that you’d like to focus on in your personal narrative? Is there an imagined scene you’d like to convey, or a character you want to explore on the page? There are many avenues to storytelling, and part of the fun of this fiction/nonfiction workshop will be finding new doorways to familiar and unfamiliar rooms.

We’ll use writing prompts and exercises designed to help you find your subject and discover the tensions and complications that lurk beneath its surface so that you can make the written experience as new and compelling to a reader as it was for you. We’ll look at published work with an eye to technique: characterization, point of view, plot and structure, dialogue, and description and detail. We’ll discuss why some strategies work and some don’t, how to avoid cliches and pitfalls, and how to hone our strengths and identify our weaknesses. Expect to generate new material in class and in assignments.

Previous university-level workshop experience is useful but not required. Please expect to read at least 30 pages of material per week, and to prepare a page of written feedback for each two-hour class session.

Later Event: January 1
Creative Writing for Teens