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Course Title
Fiction Writing Workshop


Are you an intermediate fictional writer interested in taking your project to the next level? Then this class is for you! In the first hour your instructor will discuss a variety of topics related to creating fiction structured to engage and captivate your reader. The remaining class hour will be devoted to working on individual projects with advice and guidance from your instructor. Learn about effective beginnings, structuring your plot, creating rich characters and settings, world-building, dialogue, revising, and querying and publishing. Note: A story or work-in-progress is strongly recommended for this class. Suggested supplemental texts: Teaching the Story: Fiction Writing in Grades 4-8 by Carol Baldwin; Plot & Structure, Conflict & Suspense, and Revision and Self-Editing for Publication by James Scott Bell; Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook by Donald Maass; or Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure (Foundations of Fiction) Volume 1, by Janice Hardy. Other suggested readings will be found on the wiki site. *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.



  •  Practicing and refining of written skills needed to create a work of fiction
  •  Bringing a written project closer to publication
  •  Better understanding of 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

  • World building
  • Sensuous settings
  • Mining your own life
  • Flashback and tenses 

Lesson Four 

  • Creating dynamic scenes
  • When to summarize 

Lesson Five 

  • Theme and plot 

Lesson Six 

  • Dialogue
  • Re-Visioning your work
  • Tools of the trade: Writing software, conferences, book doctors, professional writing organizations, on-line help   

Lesson Seven

  • Author visit
  • Publishing points: writing pitches, queries and a synopsis
  • Agents, self-publishing, e-publishing 

Lesson Eight 

  • Titles, endings
  • Marketing your work
  • Questions and answers
  • Open Mic


Previous writing experience, word processing and internet skills

Method of Instruction

Lecture, discussion, readings, and writing assignments


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