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Fiction and Poetry

  • Courses for All Levels
  • Focuses on Genre and/or Form
  • Offered In-Person and Online

Whether your goal is to write your first short story or to become a published author, these courses help you to take the essential next steps in your writing career. Short story and novel writing courses explore story structure, character development, plot, and dialogue, while poetry courses allow you to experiment with cadence, rhyme, and metaphor.

This Fall, study from anywhere in the world in the safety and comfort of your home through online or remote instruction.

Advanced Writing Workshop

Whether an advanced writer or a prospective MFA student, this workshop can help you to hone your craft and develop your distinctive voice.

2020 Summer
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Introduction to Fiction Writing

If you want to write fiction but need to develop basic skills, take this course to examine the fundamentals of fiction.

2020 Summer
+ 1 more semester
3 sections

Jump-Start Your Novel

Regain creative momentum and learn techniques for starting (or restarting) a large writing project.

2020 Fall
1 section

Novel Writing

Receive the help you need to get started and to get structured, whether writing a novel or molding short stories into a longer work.

2020 Fall
1 section

Short Story Writing

Learn not only the fundamentals of short story writing but also strategies for achieving powerful results.

2020 Fall
1 section

Writing Great Characters

Through a combination of in-class exercises, lectures, reading, and writing assignments, learn how to create detailed, compelling characters.

2020 Summer
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Creative Writing for Beginners: Saturday Afternoon Workshop

Boost your creativity with an evening of cutting-edge exercises while identifying your next steps as a writer.

2020 Fall
1 section

Social Media for Storytellers

As a creative professional, learn to harness the power of social media with easily executed strategies and tactics.

2020 Summer
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Writers' Workshop and Tutorial

This advanced writing workshop combines small peer workshops with the invaluable opportunity to work individually with a professional editor.

2020 Summer
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Five Weeks, One Great Short Story

Dive into the creative writing process and learn the craft that will lead to a polished short story.

2020 Summer
1 section

One-Month Novel Tune-Up

If you have written at least 100 pages of a novel or memoir, focus on moving it forward with a group of writers in the same situation.

2020 Summer
1 section

Short-Short Fiction

Focus on fiction that tells a whole story in less than two or three pages and generate your own super-short stories.

2020 Summer
1 section

Tools for Effective Storytelling: Saturday Workshop

Practice working with essential tools like setting, gesture, dialogue, and tension to turn ideas into great short stories.

2020 Summer
1 section

Introductory Playwriting Workshop

Learn the fundamentals of writing for the stage, and experience a reading of your original work.

2020 Summer
1 section

Character First: The Character-Driven Plot

Learn how character development can help you to craft compelling plots and engaging narratives in your writing.

Extraordinary Tales: Writing Speculative Fiction

Write outside the margins of reality, exploring science fiction, fantasy, the strange tale, and fabulist fiction.

Novel Writing

A published novelist discusses structure and then looks closely at up to 50 pages of your own manuscript.

You've Finished the Book--Now What? Guidance and Strategies for Becoming a Published Author

Learn from two veteran literary agents how to navigate the publishing landscape to publish your book without confusion or intimidation.