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Writing Fiction: Tools for Beginning

Saturday, July 11th, 10:00am-5:00pm
GrubStreet HQ
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Level: Introductory
14 seats max

There is no one right way to write a novel, but there are guidelines and tools that can help you do it your way... but better. This seminar will offer "best practices" for understanding the craft of fiction. Through the use of in-class exercises, discussion, and lecture, we’ll work on clarifying the basic tenets of writing fiction by examining plot vs. story, dramatic questions in novels, the central beliefs and premises on which novels rest, point of view, characterization, tension, crucibles, dialogue, methods of outlining, structure, and more. Students can bring the first page of their novel—though this is not mandatory. All participants' questions, from the burning (how to use backstory?) to the mundane (what is the usual page count?) are a vital part of the seminar.

The seminar is meant for those in the beginning stages of writing fiction. Students should bring writing implements (whether a computer, pen and paper, ink and quill pen) and index cards.

Part of GrubStreet's "Get Writing" series, dedicated to helping writers jumpstart their creative minds. For more on this series' offerings, click here.


Randy Susan Meyers
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