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Course Title
Fiction Writing Workshop


This course is designed for an intermediate writing student interested in taking their fictional writing project to the next level. During the first class hour the instructor will discuss a variety of topics related to creating fiction that captivates the reader. The second class hour will be devoted to working on individual projects with input from the instructor. Topics include beginnings, hero’s journey, role of the antagonist, dialogue, revision and seeking publication. A story or work-in-progress novel is strongly recommended. *Bring a composition book, pen, jump drive and a favorite novel or short story to the first class.  

Upon enrollment in the class, you will receive an invitation for the class wiki:  This is a private, editable website for class assignments, online resources, student work and critiques. Go to the Front Page of the wiki and follow the instructions several days before class begins.

Recommended reading: "The Inkheart Trilogy" by Cornelia Funke and "Wired for Story," by Lisa Cron. Suggested supplemental texts: "Teaching the Story: Fiction Writing in Grades 4-8" by Carol Baldwin. "Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook" by Donald Maass.


  • Practice and refinement of the written skills necessary to create a work of fiction.
  • Bring a written project closer to publication.
  • Better understand the path to publication.


Lesson One

  • Introduction to the wiki.
  • Beginnings –How to Hook your Reader 

Lesson Two

  • The Hero’s Journey/Story Arc
  • Themes
  • Point of View 

Lesson Three

  • Internal/External Conflicts
  • The Antagonist’s Role
  • Flashbacks, Tense 

Lesson Four

  • The Language We Choose to Use
  • Sensuous Settings
  • Dynamic Dialogue  

Lesson Five

  • Re-Visioning Your Work
  • Tools of the Trade: Writing software, conferences, book doctors, professional writing organizations, on-line help.  

Lesson Six

  • Author Visit  

Lesson Seven

  • Publishing Points: pitches, queries, cover letters, proposals and synopsis. Agents, self-publishing, e-publishing.
  • In-class writing time will focus on writing one of the above. 

Lesson Eight

  • Titles, Endings
  • Marketing Your Work
  • Questions and Answers
  • Open Mic


  • Word processing and Internet skills.

Method of Instruction

  • Lecture, discussion, writing assignments.


  • Exam: No
  • Demonstration of Skills: Yes
  • Class Attendance: Yes