Fiction I

10 Wednesdays from 6:00pm-9:00pm, starting September 16, 2015
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: Introductory
Adult (18+)
15 seats max
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In the beginning, there was the short story, and it was good. In this course, you'll learn and practice the tried-and-true elements of fiction: character, plot, dialogue, setting, point of view, and revision—with an emphasis on the short story form. As you mine for material, you will also explore new possibilities in subject, style, and voice. Classes include short lectures and discussions on various elements of craft, writing exercises to sharpen your skills, and workshops of student work. You will also read and discuss such authors as:
  • Tobias Wolffe 
  • Alice Munro 
  • ZZ Packer
  • Steven Milhauser
  • Amy Hempel 
  • Kelly Link 
  • Edwidge Danticat
The goal is to write and/or revise two complete stories (up to 25 pages each) in order to give you the momentum you need to continue writing well after the workshop ends. While this course will focus on short stories, it also serves as an introduction to the elements of fiction that every novelist will need to know.
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I can't say enough good things about Cat Parnell's Fiction I Class. She is incredibly supportive and encouraging, yet she doesn't coddle or shy away from providing honest feedback on how you can improve. Cat gets you writing, and she gets you writing better. She is incredibly knowledgable and insightful. I'd recommend her to anyone.
- Brandon Clippinger


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Catherine R Parnell
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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "Supportive Environment"
  • "Great for Newbies"
  • "Diverse Reading Assignments"


  • Generate New Work
  • Study Published Writing
  • Craft Lessons
  • Homework
  • In-Class Writing
  • Workshop


  • Short Fiction

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