02/07 The Elements of Fiction Writing with Kate Sayre

Date: First Class is Thursday, Feb 7 Time: 7-9 pm Number of sessions: 4--Thursdays, Feb 7, 14, 21, and 28 2012 Members: $120 Nonmembers: $144 Location: Ink Spot, 710 13th St, Studio 210, San Diego, CA 92101

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.


kateKate Sayre holds an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from the University of Florida, a nationally-ranked creative writing program. She has taught Creative Writing and Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Florida, Texas State University, and Miami University in Ohio. Before becoming a writing teacher, she taught English as a second language in France, the Czech Republic, and Taiwan. She recently moved to San Diego, where she teaches and works as a freelance writer.


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