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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.

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.

2018 Spring
1 section

Character Development in Fiction

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

2018 Spring
1 section

Fiction Writing Through Immersion

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

2018 Spring
1 section

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.

2018 Spring
1 section

Poetry Writing: One-Day Workshop

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

2018 Spring
1 section

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.

2018 Spring
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.

2018 Spring
2 sections

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.

2018 Spring
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 Spring
1 section

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 Spring
1 section

Novel Writing

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

2018 Spring
1 section

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.

1 section

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.

Fiction Writing One-Day Workshop

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

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.

Five Weeks, One Great Short Story

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

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.

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.

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.

Short Story Writing

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

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.

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.

Writing Great Characters

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