Fiction Writing Deep Dive: Character, Setting, Plot, & Point of View
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 course of five weeks, 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 Monday we will meet for a 90-minute dive deep into a single element of craft together. On Wednesdays I will upload materials to read for the following Monday and provide space for students to submit their work to date. Each week we will read one to two short stories by professional writers that engage with that element in unique ways, and doing in-class writing exercises focused on the elements of character, setting, plot, momentum, and point of view. The final session will be devoted to workshopping our stories in a supportive environment.
Synchronized meeting time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Number of meetings: 5
Students must have a computer with internet access and a webcam to participate in the workshop.