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FICT 01 W — Fiction Writing: Using Real Life to Create Authentic Stories

Quarter: Winter
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 14—Mar 22
Drop Deadline: Jan 17
Units: 3
Tuition: $895
Instructor(s): Shannon Robinson
Limit: 17
Status: Open
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is January 17 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is January 22 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Winter
Date(s)
Jan 14—Mar 22
10 weeks
Drop By
Jan 17
3 Units
Fees
$895
Instructor(s):
Shannon Robinson
Limit
17
Open
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is January 17 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is January 22 at 5:00 pm (PT).
When you read short stories or novels, do you find yourself thinking, “I’d love to write like this, but how do I come up with these ideas?” This course will be ideal for those who want to write fiction, but don’t know where to start or what to write about. By using real life experiences as a springboard, you will learn to create compelling stories that communicate emotional and psychological truths. Rigorous, original writing prompts will help you mine your autobiography, family history, favorite anecdotes, and interests for good ideas. Inspirational readings will include the work of bold contemporary writers such as George Saunders, Lorrie Moore, Tim O’Brien, and Jhumpa Lahiri. You will receive detailed feedback on each weekly assignment that you submit. During the second half of the course, you will have the opportunity to apply everything you have learned in a longer, full-length story. Plan to emerge from this course with a deeper understanding of the writer’s craft—including story structure, characterization, and focus—and with clear professional strategies that will help you make time for your writing, revise your work, and get your stories published.

Shannon Robinson, Author

Shannon Robinson’s work has appeared in The Iowa Review, The Gettysburg Review, Water~Stone Review, Joyland and Joyland Retro, Nimrod, Sycamore Review, and New Ohio Review, as well as the anthologies New Stories from the Midwest and Specter Spectacular: 13 Ghostly Tales. Robinson received an MFA from Washington University as well as the Katherine Anne Porter Prize and the Hedgebrook Fellowship. She was writer-in-residence at Interlochen Arts Academy in Fall 2011.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Robin Hemley, Turning Life into Fiction, 2nd Edition (ISBN 978-1555974442)
(Required) Lex Williford and Michael Martone, editors, The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction: 50 North American Stories Since 1970, 2nd Edition (ISBN 978-1416532279)
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