"I'm having a blast--I've learned so much thus far! I was telling a friend of mine about the bonding aspect of this group, and she asked me how I could tell that was happening. When I explained about the enthusiasm, the encouragement, the respectful tone of the critiques...the reaching out to one another, she was amazed. I'm a believer now and plan on additional classes after this one."
-- Pam S., student of Fiction 101 workshop
Facilitator: Amy Cipolla Barnes
You want to be a fiction writer, and you don't know where to start. Or perhaps you've been submitting stories with little success and want to improve your writing skills. This workshop was designed for you--the beginning writer.
You'll need to have a complete short story or novel chapter of 2000 words or less for the first day of our workshop. Over the course of twelve weeks, we will study the craft intensively--from setting to scene to character to voice. You will complete assignments, and revise your story or chapter as you go. By week ten, you will have a vastly improved piece of fiction which we will then critique and prepare to market.
Our workshop philosophy is that
students learn through the critique of other student's writing. If you are not
prepared to read and share your thoughts on your fellow students' writing, this
workshop is not for you. But if you're ready to work hard and dedicate yourself
to learning the craft, we want you to join us. Are you ready to take the first
Begins: February 11, 2002
This text is required for this workshop. Students should have the text before beginning classes.
Consider Fiction Writer's Workshop a challenge. It's not just an ordinary "how to be a writer" book--it's an intelligent treatise on the craft that provides thought-provoking advice from a successful author.
Books listed below are not required for this workshop, however they are highly recommended by the workshop facilitator.
in the Mind
This little book is an undiscovered gem. Rae explores "the fictive dream" by relating it to a sort of mind movie the writer must attend, all the while taking some serious notes. Chapters include: Entering The Storymaker's Realm; Fiction's Building Blocks; Participatory Art; Digging The Clay; Whose Story Is It Anyway?; Unlocking Your Story; How To Birth A Story; and There's Always A Critic. Very highly recommended for anyone seeking to improve the quality of their fiction," Movies In The Mind" is further enhanced with a section of Exercise Pages, a Reading List; and a user-friendly index.
Writing: A Memoir
Okay, maybe this book isn't quite certain what it wants to be when it grows up. Is it a memoir? An autobiography? A how-to-write reference? We're not sure--we only know we love it. Whatever you want to call it, King has put together an entertaining and enlightening book for writers...one your might even consider reading twice.