Workshop Catalog – Fiction

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Rose Skelton

Writing the Other: Fiction


August 19 to September 13, 2019

How do we portray the condition of being an outsider in fiction? This class considers different forms of otherness—such as gender, sexuality, race, class — and how these identities stand strong within a variety of groups, from a family to a nation to a... [more]

Mark Powell

Finding the Center


September 16 to October 11, 2019

Works of fiction, be they stories or novels, often grow not from a developed plot or series of events, but from moments of emotional power. In this course, we will work to develop these moments, honing them, tightening them, and then work... [more]

Silas House

The Art of Observation: Writing Fiction


October 14 to November 8, 2019

This will be an advanced course focusing on creative writing for students who possess a genuine interest in learning how to be fiction writers. In this class students will focus in particular on becoming better observers and better readers. Students will... [more]

Jacinda Townsend

Yes, They Will Read That: Distilling Your Life


November 11 to December 6, 2019

Writers of creative nonfiction often worry that their readers will be bored by their version of the human experience, but this class ponders the paradox that each writer’s experience is as unique as it is universal, awe-inspiring even as it treads familiar... [more]

Amy Greene

Beginning the Novel


March 9 to April 3, 2020

This course will focus on mentoring students through the process of beginning a novel first draft. Through weekly craft discussions, we’ll examine the history and anatomy of the novel as a medium, with an eye toward honing our own writing... [more]

Kayla Rae Whitaker

Space for Mystery: Developing Complex Characters in Fiction


April 6 to May 1, 2020

Kurt Vonnegut once advised writers to “make your character want something, even if it is only a glass of water.” This directive is not for the sake of plot development alone; it is desire, more than any other attribute, that informs the mystery of... [more]