Intro to Fiction: Online
Ready to get the stories in your head onto paper? If there’s a story you want to tell, but you have no idea where to begin (or you need a refresher), this course is for you. Over six weeks, you will learn the essentials of fiction and put them into practice by starting to write your own short stories. Each week, we will focus on a different aspect of fiction––such as character, dialogue, setting, and more––and explore it through published short stories by authors like Jhumpa Lahiri, Ruta Sepetys, Laura Spence-Ash, Mhairi McFarlane, Angie Thomas, Colson Whitehead, Natalia Sylvester and Andrew Sean Greer to illuminate that topic and inspire our own writing. We’ll put what we learn into practice through weekly exercises and writing prompts to help apply what we learn to our own writing. In the second half of class, you will have the opportunity to submit a full short story to receive feedback from the instructor and your fellow writers, to help you get a sense of what your strengths are, and how to build on them.
By the end of class, you’ll not only be versed in the fundamentals of fiction, but you’ll walk away with at least one story draft and the tools to continue developing it.
*Please note that while our handy dandy "Schedule" tab states a 6-7pm class time, there are actually no live meetings for this class! Assignments and deadlines will be given by your instructor. Students will have access to the online class portal starting at 5pm on the first day of class. Instructions for logging onto the online portal will be emailed to registered students before 5pm the first day of class.
Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.
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