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.
Practice working with essential tools like setting, gesture, dialogue, and tension to turn ideas into great short stories.
Study authors who thrive upon constraints, and then write your own short stories using the forms and strategies encountered in our readings.
Learn how character development can help you to craft compelling plots and engaging narratives in your writing.
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.
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.
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.
Learn not only the fundamentals of short story writing but also strategies for achieving powerful results.
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.
Explore how to use your own life experiences to inspire your writing and to create autobiographical fiction.
Learn how to engage your readers by immersing them in rich worlds of sights, sounds, smells, textures, and flavors.
Boost your creativity with an evening of cutting-edge exercises, and identify your next steps as a writer.
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.
Explore strategies for editing your own writing, from organizing your material to polishing your prose.