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.
Boost your creativity with an evening of cutting-edge exercises, and identify your next steps as a writer.
Study authors who thrive upon constraints, and then write your own short stories using the forms and strategies encountered in our readings.
Explore how to use your own life experiences to inspire your writing and to create autobiographical fiction.
Learn the elements of fiction writing, including structure, characterization, plot, description, dialogue, point of view, style, and voice.
Dive into the creative writing process and learn the craft that will lead to a polished short story.
Regain creative momentum and learn techniques for starting (or restarting) a large writing project.
Receive the help you need to get started and to get structured, whether writing a novel or molding short stories into a longer work.
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.
As an aspiring or beginning poet, explore a variety of poetic forms and devices and share your original verse in a supportive workshop environment.
Delve deeper into the traditions and possibilities of creating short fiction in this writing workshop and leave with three completed short stories.
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.
Learn how character development can help you to craft compelling plots and engaging narratives in your writing.
Through a combination of in-class exercises, lectures, reading, and writing assignments, learn how to create detailed, compelling characters.
Draft chapters for critique in each class and receive guidance that enables you to write and publish your own young adult novel.
Learn how to engage your readers by immersing them in rich worlds of sights, sounds, smells, textures, and flavors.
Experiment with the boundaries between fiction and nonfiction as you compose exciting new creative writing that resists classification.
Through writing prompts and exercises, this class helps you to jump-start your writing project.