This class will introduce students to the craft of fiction writing and help them begin to build a writing practice. We will read and discuss published work as we explore scene-setting, how to create complex characters, how to write dialogue, and other craft elements. There will be in-class, guided writing prompts that correspond to our discussion topics. The class will also include a workshop component, so students will have the opportunity to develop a story or novel excerpt with peer feedback, and review and offer feedback on others’ work.
Katrina Carrasco writes novels, short stories, and essays. Her debut novel, THE BEST BAD THINGS (MCD/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018), was a finalist in the Lambda Literary Awards and Washington State Book Awards, and won the Shamus Award for Best First P.I. Novel. Her essays and short stories have appeared in publications and websites including Witness Magazine, Post Road Magazine, and Literary Hub. She has received support from the Corporation of Yaddo, Blue Mountain Center, Jentel, Artist Trust, and other residencies and arts organizations. Katrina is a mentor with Latinx in Publishing, and she also mentors writers through the UCLA Alumni Mentor Program. She is working on a new novel.