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PLEASE NOTE: This 10 session class runs 11 weeks long skipping Friday, March 20th.
In this ten-week creative writing class we will explore the fundamentals of craft. A basic rule of thumb is that one should know the rules of writing, before one tries to break them. During this introductory course we will discuss the Dramatic Arc (Freitag’s Pyramid), first and third-person narratives (Point of View), setting, dialogue, description, voice, scene, and revision. In this Writers Workshop, a group of students will read, critique, and discuss each other’s stories. Each week students will be given prompts (examples from famous authors) and are then tasked with creating 1 – 1 1/2 pages of prose. These exercises are designed to spark the imagination while teaching the ins-and-outs, and the do's-and-don’t of creative writing. These tools, once practiced and learned, can be applied to all genres of writing, including Literary Fiction, Thrillers, Romance, Fantasy, Memoir, and Creative Non-Fiction. I know that the first step is often the hardest, but take my word for it, it can also be the most exhilarating. Isn’t time to get started?
Instructor(s): Stephen Harnish
I earned my MFA in Creative Writing from the Solstice Program at Pine Manor College. My short story "Brodie and Nico" was published in Quintessence: Solstice MFA Anthology 2018. I am currently working on my next novel and additional short stories for publication. I've also started teaching my own writers workshop in Tucson, Arizona. To me, writers are like a big box of Crayola Crayons, there's one of every color. My workshops are run with this in mind. Members use thoughtful, intelligent criticism with the goal of helping you become the best writer you can be.
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