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.
Read and discuss short stories that utilize perennial themes, and then try your hand at writing your own.
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.
Gain the skill to write convincingly from a child’s viewpoint by studying masterful examples and applying what you learn to your own work.
Learn the elements of fiction writing, including structure, characterization, plot, description, dialogue, point of view, style, and voice.
Explore the art of prose and poetry at the micro level, and experiment with techniques that add variety to how readers experience your writing.
Dive into the creative writing process and learn the craft that will lead to a polished short story.
Through writing prompts and exercises, this class helps you to jump-start your writing project.
Learn submission techniques and the standard practices of most literary agents in order to find publishing success.
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.
Learn not only the fundamentals of short story writing but also strategies for achieving powerful results.
As an aspiring or beginning poet, explore a variety of poetic forms and devices and share your original verse in a supportive workshop environment.
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.