John Gardner said, “Writing a novel is like heading out over the open sea in a small boat. It helps if you have a plan and a course laid out.” Whether you’re just kicking around an idea for a book, or you’re on your third draft, this class will help you develop your plan. Through a combination of in-class critique, studying models of excellent writing, and straightforward craft lessons—topics included: plot structure, controlling narrative time, POV and narrative distance—this class will help you formulate strategies for writing excellent fiction. The final session will be on the business of finding an agent and/or publisher for your book.
NOTE: Although the class does have a lit-fiction bend, writers of genre fiction are encouraged to join or can contact the instructor in advance to discuss how the class can address their needs.