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.
Study authors who thrive upon constraints, and then write your own short stories using the forms and strategies encountered in our readings.
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.
Gain the skill to write convincingly from a child’s viewpoint by studying masterful examples and applying what you learn to your own work.
Learn the elements of fiction writing, including structure, characterization, plot, description, dialogue, point of view, style, and voice.
Create memorable characters and believable settings for your next short story, play, novel, or novella.
Explore the art of prose and poetry at the micro level, and experiment with techniques that add variety to how readers experience your writing.
Through writing prompts and exercises, this class helps you to jump-start your writing project.
Regain creative momentum and learn techniques for starting (or restarting) a large writing project.
Read and discuss seminal works of writing about New York City, and then write your own stories, poems, or narrative nonfiction in response.
Receive the help you need to get started and to get structured, whether writing a novel or molding short stories into a longer work.
A published novelist discusses structure and then looks closely at up to 50 pages of your own manuscript.
Explore diverse possibilities for creativity in poetry by experimenting with language, form, and theme.
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.
Read and discuss short stories that utilize perennial themes, and then try your hand at writing your own.
Through a combination of in-class exercises, lectures, reading, and writing assignments, learn how to create detailed, compelling characters.
Explore the overlap between art and fiction in an intensive writing workshop during which art serves as inspiration for your writing.
Explore the genre of the “new weird,” and then try your hand at writing a new weird short story of your own.