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Plot: It’s Not a Four-Letter Word

As fiction writers, we love plot. Really, we do. It’s just that it’s so hard to come up with a plot that doesn’t feel dictated, contrived, stock. In this course, we’ll examine how to build and revise plots that grow out of a character’s choices and desires. This class is based around workshop, and everyone will get a chance to have their prose reviewed. We will also read and discuss several stories by plot masters who are also literary geniuses, such as Tobias Wolff, Flannery O’Connor, and Kate Braverman.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Spring quarter 2021.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Michael Shilling

Class Type: 6 Sessions

Start Date: 10/29/2015

No Class On: November 26

End Date: 12/10/2015

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Michael Shilling

Michael Shilling is the author of Rock Bottom, a novel published by Little, Brown. The musical adaptation of the book was staged in 2014 by the Landless Theater Company. His stories have appeared in The Sun, Fugue, and Other Voices.

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