June 19, 2019–July 17, 2019
Spark Your Imagination
The imagination is the engine of fiction. Ideas are everywhere, but it takes skill and practice to identify them and recognize how they could work in prose. The imagination keeps working long after an initial idea becomes a project; it helps us get our characters into and out of sticky situations, helps us find our way beyond cliché, and helps us craft endings that feel both inevitable and unexpected.
Through four weeks of low-stakes activities and exercises, participants will practice generating exciting and workable ideas and creating original and coherent plots. Each week will include a lecture (in text and video versions), an example for discussion, and at least two optional exercises involving story prompts and brainstorming.
The teaching artist will host an optional live chat each Sunday. There will be opportunities for discussion and for feedback from peers and the teaching artist. There is no required reading. This class is for writers of any length of fiction, at any stage of their careers, and is meant to help writers break through blocks and get unstuck.