June 20, 2019–August 15, 2019
6 p.m.–9 p.m.
Advanced Fiction Workshop
Led by a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, this class applies the Workshop Method to energize, streamline, and focus your writing. The class is open to both short story writers and novelists who have completed at least one piece of fiction. Writers should be prepared to share work, and to read and comment on two peer stories per week. In order to workshop as many writers as we can, most student stories or novel excerpts will be capped at 30 pages. Although the emphasis will be on workshop, there will also be some "mini lectures" on elements of craft, supported by discussing readings provided by the instructor.
If you have a short story or a novel in-progress, workshopping can be an excellent tool to edit your work, build your creative community, and learn more about your own ability to self-edit and write for an audience. Often, workshopping others' work helps us better understand our own, and this simply can't be done alone! Getting your writing out in the world can sometimes be intimidating, but it is often the best way to improve.
Whether you are newer to writing, or even if you have published, the Writers' Workshop Method is a time-tested process. Writers will not only improve their draft, they will also learn how to effectively discuss writing. This class combines a writing workshop with a mini-classroom; the teaching artist will facilitate discussion of published stories (and what makes them work), and give insider lessons on the craft of fiction.