Class
Beyond the Basics

Artists
Price
Regular $390.00
Member $351.00
Low Income $273.00
Date
June 17, 2020-August 26, 2020
Genre
Fiction
Family
Adult
Level
Advanced
Location
Online—Flex Schedule
Number of Sessions
10
Day of the Week
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Duration
10 Week
Fiction Graphic

Novelist and short story writers alike will benefit from this course that looks at the major fiction craft topics, introducing techniques that go beyond the basics. The use of truisms to enrich theme. Fragments for a rhythmic voice. Free indirect style in third-person point of view. Terminology for verisimilitude. Round characterization through dramatization of flaws and failings.

Writers we’ll read to see these techniques in action include Deborah Eisenberg, Colson Whitehead, Thomas McGuane, Joan Silber, and Don DeLillo. We’ll mix in some lesser-known writers too, like Leonora Carrington and Mark Leyner.

For the workshop component, students can submit story drafts or chapter drafts of 15 pages twice throughout the course. Students are required to provide written feedback on their cohort’s work. No class the week of July 4.