This intensive immersive course is designed for graduate-credit students with strong writing skills and an interest in becoming fiction writers but little formal experience students who would like to develop a solid foundation in story and scene structure before embarking on an advanced fiction writing course. The first part of the course focuses on a close analysis of plot and structure in several short stories and novels. Students then apply these techniques and methods to generate and shape their own ideas build a solid narrative foundation and use scene structure to craft a dramatic story. Using Janet Burroway's Writing Fiction A Guide to Narrative Craft students explore and learn the fundamentals of character dialogue showing versus telling and point of view. By the end of the course students complete a short story or the first chapter of a novel (about 15 to 20 pages of fiction) which is workshopped in class.
Harvard Division of Continuing Education
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