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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.

2019 Spring
+ 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.

2019 Summer
1 section

Introduction to Fiction Writing

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

2019 Spring
+ 1 more semester
3 sections

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.

2019 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.

2019 Summer
1 section

Writing Great Characters

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

2019 Summer
1 section

Novel Writing

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

2019 Spring
1 section

Creative Writing for Beginners: Saturday Afternoon Workshop

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

2019 Spring
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.

2019 Spring
1 section

Character Development in Fiction

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

2019 Spring
1 section

Fiction Writing Through Immersion

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

2019 Spring
1 section

Poetry Writing: Saturday Workshop

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

2019 Spring
1 section

Short Story Writing

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

2019 Spring
1 section

Autobiographical Fiction: Exploring Both Fiction and Memoir

Explore how to use your own life experiences to inspire your writing and to create autobiographical fiction.

2019 Spring
1 section

The Art of Self-Editing

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

2019 Spring
1 section

Writing in Stillness

Use meditation, mindfulness practice, and free writing to deepen the writing process, sharpen your voice, and clarify the story that wants to be told.

2019 Spring
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.

Jump-Start Your Novel

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Better Writing Through the Senses

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

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.

Getting into the Writing Habit

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

How to Find a Literary Agent

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