The kids are back in school. Weather is turning chilly. Soon the inevitable gray lid will settle in. No better time to get back to the business of writing.
At a recent Seattle Arts and Lecture event (Ann Pachett talking about where her stories come from and why she writes them), an aspiring writer asked me why she should sign up for a writing class, since I admitted that I teach them, and not just get busy tapping the keys. The honest answer would require telling, I told her, my life story. You want the short version? She smiled, tentatively, nodded. Form, I said. You have to embark on a quest to write into form. Taking classes will speed up your journey on that quest.
For beginning fiction writers, or experienced writers who find themselves struggling with mechanics, like point of view or narrative distance or basic stuff like how to structure a plot, I recommend the Univ. of Washington, Professional and Continuing Education Literary Fiction Foundations (WRI FIC 105 A, #158299). To find it go to www.pce.uw.edu/Certificates then search for Literary Fiction or search here: https://www.pce.uw.edu/program-finder?type=Certificate&term=literary%20fiction%20writing. Class runs ten weeks, Thursday nights starting 9/29 from 6:30-9:30 on campus.
Experienced writers looking to improve their skills and advance toward completing a novel or story collection would do better to choose Advanced Fiction Writing: Story Premise and Structure (WRI FIC 204 A #158937). Go to: www.pce.uw.edu/Certificates/Advanced-Fiction-Writing. This class also runs ten weeks, starts Oct 4, and runs on campus 6:30-9:30 Tuesday nights. This course is designed to meet the needs of both literary and popular fiction writers and will include readings from both and is based on the premise that the underlying structure of story and character is similar across genres.
If you’re looking for a one-off lesson on story structure check out EPIC Group Writers’s upcoming workshop. On Saturday, October 29, from 9:30 to noon at 108 5th Ave. S. in Edmonds, WA at Coldwell Banker Bains I am teaching “The Art of Story Structure.” To learn more or sign up go to www.epicgroupwriters.com.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
And let’s all get busy writing.