Fiction Writing Deep Dive: Character, Setting, Plot, & Point of View

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Instructor Saramanda Swigart

In this introduction to the fundamentals of short story writing, students try on a number of different styles, with an eye for developing their unique voices. Over the workshop of five three-hour sessions, students engage in writing exercises to find the right voice and narrative distance for the short story they want to tell, devise and revise that story, read the work of published authors who make formal choices from which they can learn, and participate in a workshop of their writing. Each week we will dive deep into a single element of craft, reading one to two short stories by professional writers that engage with that element in unique ways, and doing in-workshop writing exercises focused on the elements of character, setting, plot, momentum, & point of view. The final session will be devoted to workshopping our stories in a supportive environment.


$15.00 materials fee paid to the instructor
5 meetings
Chinatown/North Beach Center (808 Kearny St. @ Washington St, San Francisco, CA 94108)
Room 1101