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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.

2017 Summer
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

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.

2017 Fall
1 section

Character Development in Fiction

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

2017 Summer
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

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.

2017 Fall
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.

2017 Fall
1 section

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.

2017 Fall
1 section

Getting into the Writing Habit

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

2017 Fall
1 section

How to Find a Literary Agent

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

2017 Summer
1 section

Jump-Start Your Novel

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

2017 Fall
1 section

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.

2017 Fall
1 section

Poetry Writing: One-Day Workshop

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

2017 Fall
1 section

Short Story Writing

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

2017 Summer
+ 1 more semester
3 sections

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.

2017 Fall
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.

2017 Summer
+ 1 more semester
3 sections

Writing Great Characters

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

2017 Fall
1 section

Five Weeks, One Great Short Story

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

2017 Summer
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.

2017 Summer
1 section

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.

2017 Summer
1 section

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.

2017 Summer
1 section

Advanced Fiction Writing

This peer workshop emphasizes the craft of writing with special attention to developing characters and themes, pacing, and polishing dialogue.

Advanced Short Story Writing

Delve deeper into the traditions and possibilities of creating short fiction in this writing workshop and leave with two polished stories.

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.

Genre as Metaphor: A Fiction-Writing Workshop

Try your hand at writing stories using elements from genre in unique and playful ways, and produce and revise a portfolio of short pieces.

Novel Writing

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

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, inspired by master writers’ own...

The Visual Arts and Poetry: Looking, Seeing, Learning, Feeling, Thinking, and Writing

Visit museums and galleries, and use the works of art as inspiration for writing poetry.

Writing Modern Fairy Tales: Journeys, Tests, and Enchantments

Use a traditional fairy tale as a jumping-off point for developing your own version of the story.

Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy: The Fantastic and the Surreal

Learn to use established tools of storytelling, plot, descriptive writing, and character development to create alternate realities in prose.