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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.

Advanced Writing Workshop

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

2018 Summer
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Escape Artists: Writing in the Margins of Genre

Experiment with the boundaries between fiction and nonfiction as you compose exciting new creative writing that resists classification.

2018 Fall
1 section

Fiction Writing One-Day Workshop

Learn the elements of fiction writing, including structure, characterization, plot, description, dialogue, point of view, style, and voice.

2018 Fall
1 section

Fiction Writing Through Immersion

Create memorable characters and believable settings for your next short story, play, novel, or novella.

2018 Fall
1 section

Getting into the Writing Habit

Through writing prompts and exercises, this class helps you to jump-start your writing project.

2018 Fall
1 section

Jump-Start Your Novel

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

2018 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.

2018 Fall
1 section

Short Story Writing

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

2018 Summer
+ 1 more semester
3 sections

Take Your Short Stories to the Next Level: Techniques for Craft and Revision

Delve deeper into the traditions and possibilities of creating short fiction in this writing workshop and leave with three completed short stories.

2018 Fall
1 section

Taking the First Steps: An Introduction to Creative Writing

If you want to write but are unsure of where to begin, learn the basic craft elements of memoir and fiction writing in this workshop.

2018 Fall
1 section

The Fundamentals of Fiction Writing

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

+ 1 more semester
4 sections

Using Character to Drive Plot: Narrative Strategies Workshop

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

1 section

Writing Great Characters

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

2018 Fall
1 section

Creative Writing for Beginners

Boost your creativity with an evening of cutting-edge exercises, and identify your next steps as a writer.

2018 Fall
1 section

Character Development in Fiction

Find or deepen your story or novel by delineating your characters.

2018 Summer
1 section

Five Weeks, One Great Short Story

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

2018 Summer
1 section

How to Find a Literary Agent

Learn submission techniques and the standard practices of most literary agents in order to find publishing success.

2018 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.

2018 Summer
1 section

Start/Restart Writing Poetry

As an aspiring or beginning poet, explore a variety of poetic forms and devices and share your original verse in a supportive workshop environment.

2018 Summer
1 section

Writing the Young Adult Novel

Draft chapters for critique in each class and receive guidance that enables you to write and publish your own young adult novel.

2018 Summer
1 section

Better Writing Through the Senses

Learn how to engage your readers by immersing them in rich worlds of sights, sounds, smells, textures, and flavors.

2018 Fall
1 section

The Art of Self-Editing

Explore strategies for editing your own writing, from organizing your material to polishing your prose.

2018 Summer
1 section

Art by Limitation: The Power of Constraints in Creative Writing

Study authors who thrive upon constraints, and then write your own short stories using the forms and strategies encountered in our readings.

Building a Short Story Collection

Take this course if you have written at least one short story or novella and want to write more, with the goal of combining them into a book.

Coming of Age on the Page

Gain the skill to write convincingly from a child’s viewpoint by studying masterful examples and applying what you learn to your own work.

Finding Art Between the Lines: A Prose and Poetry Workshop

Explore the art of prose and poetry at the micro level, and experiment with techniques that add variety to how readers experience your writing.

New York Stories: A Writing Workshop

Read and discuss seminal works of writing about New York City, and then write your own stories, poems, or narrative nonfiction in response.

Novel Writing

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

Poetry Writing: One-Day Workshop

Explore diverse possibilities for creativity in poetry by experimenting with language, form, and theme.

The Company You Keep: Tackling Writing Themes with the Masters

Read and discuss short stories that utilize perennial themes, and then try your hand at writing your own.

Writing and Art Workshop: Painting as Inspiration

Explore the overlap between art and fiction in an intensive writing workshop during which art serves as inspiration for your writing.

Writing the "New Weird" Story

Explore the genre of the “new weird,” and then try your hand at writing a new weird short story of your own.