February 22-May 2, Southern New Hampshire University, Online MFA Program
Advanced Studies in Genre Literature
Cultivate an appreciation for several literary genres through the study of various important works, authors, key historical developments, characteristic tropes, and conventions. Prepare for upcoming cross-genre creative writing workshops. Analyze one genre novel for how it fits within the literary landscape in preparation for genre concentration selection. Research market trends to gain a practical grasp of how a genre’s history continues to influence popular books today.
April 7 to June 15, UCLA Extension, Online
Novel Writing Four
For students with at least 100 pages of a novel, this advanced workshop focuses on elements of technique and vision necessary for a work to be considered complete. You receive intensive instructor and peer critiques of manuscript chapters and their relation to the overall work, including a review as needed of the effective use of voice, tone, mood, imagery, and metaphor. A major goal of this course is to give you the self-editing skills to polish and revise your entire novel within and beyond the course itself.
May 10 to July 18, Southern New Hampshire University, Online MFA Program
Finding and Reaching Your Audience
Develop strategies to find a readership and build an audience. Investigate approaches and tools for building a writer's platform and increasing visibility in a chosen market. Create a customized, multi-faceted plan to cultivate and engage new fans.
June 30 to September 7, UCLA Extension, Online
Novel Writing One
That novel is inside you waiting to emerge, but knowing how and where to start can be daunting. This course provides you with weekly assignments, group interaction, and instructor feedback to help you explore various methods of writing your first novel while learning the key craft points of plot, structure, characterization, point-of-view, sense of place, and voice. The goal is to complete the first chapter of your novel by establishing an intimacy with your characters as you artfully shape their journey and to develop an overall concept to guide you through your story. Required for students considering the long-fiction sequence.
October 1-3, Write on the Sound--Annual Writers Conference--Virtual
Who's That Talking: Problems with POV Workshop
While often writers think that plot and character are their main issues, what can truly derail a story is inconsistent or confusing point-of-view. Yet identifying shifts in POV seem to be the hardest for writers to spot—or they want to shift but the shifts just aren’t working. While many experimental texts do have a varied, changing, vague POVs, voices that shift and spin and move about, most of us are really trying to keep the voices in our story consistent and follow-able.
September 29 to December 7, UCLA Extension, Online
Novel Writing Two
Armed with your overall concept and first chapter, you continue to develop your knowledge of craft by writing scenes using characters and situations from the projected novel and workshopping your in-progress work. Mini-lectures on the art of the novel, intuitive creative process, and conventional vs. non-conventional approaches to novel structure also are covered. The goal is to complete fifty pages of your novel.