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.
Study authors who thrive upon constraints, and then write your own short stories using the forms and strategies encountered in our readings.
Learn to use established tools of storytelling, plot, descriptive writing, and character development to create alternate realities in prose.
Read and discuss short stories that utilize perennial themes, and then try your hand at writing your own, inspired by master writers’ own...
This peer workshop emphasizes the craft of writing with special attention to developing characters and themes, pacing, and polishing dialogue.
Delve deeper into the traditions and possibilities of creating short fiction in this writing workshop and leave with two polished stories.
Receive the help you need to get started and to get structured, whether writing a novel or molding short stories into a longer work.
Learn the elements of fiction writing, including structure, characterization, plot, description, dialogue, point of view, style, and voice.
Try your hand at writing stories using elements from genre in unique and playful ways, and produce and revise a portfolio of short pieces.
Through writing prompts and exercises, this class helps you to jump-start your writing project.
Regain creative momentum and learn techniques for starting (or restarting) a large writing project.
Read poems from various eras and cultural traditions that address sleep, and produce a portfolio of your own poems about sleep and dreaming.
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.
Visit museums and galleries, and use the works of art as inspiration for writing poetry.
Through a combination of in-class exercises, lectures, reading, and writing assignments, learn how to create detailed, compelling characters.
Use a traditional fairy tale as a jumping-off point for developing your own version of the story.