02/07 The Elements of Fiction Writing with Kate Sayre
New Class! The Elements of Fiction Writing
The purpose here is, quite simply, to have you leave this course writing better than when you entered. You will write fiction with more precision, force, and surprise than before. During our time together, we will focus on the elements of a short story or a beginning chapter in a novel–such as character, dialogue, plot or form, setting, language, etc. If you are already familiar with these fundamentals, now is the opportunity to examine them more deeply.
This is a course for beginners, intermediate, or advanced writers who want to write literary fiction–in other words, your work cannot be plot- or formula-driven. Rather, the characters must drive the plot. This means your work can be funny, heart-breaking, weird. The story can take place in today’s world or the future or the past; the settling may be right here in California or on Venus. However, the work must be new, surprising, and above all be propelled by interesting, complex characters.
PLEASE NOTE: It is best to register early to help our instructors prepare and ensure the class does not get cancelled or shifted to another date and time. We evaluate registration numbers between 7 and 3 days before a class start to decide about whether to keep or reschedule it. By registering 7 days or more in advance, you help us help our participants and instructors in many ways.