News | 2015 | Fall Capilano Courses

The Capilano University Continuing Education Course Calendar for Fall 2015 is now out, and on page twenty it says I'll be offering two concurrent fiction classes--The Story Writer's Workshop and How to Build a Story. However, there's a slight typo in the calendar I'd like to clarify: How to Build a Story starts at 6:30 p.m. (not a.m. as printed in the calendar--I certainly would never ask anyone to maintain focus for 14.5 hours straight). If you're interested in honing your fiction skills either in a broader sense (The Story Writer's Workshop), or you'd like a more in-depth focus on story structure (How to Build a Story), I invite your to join us. Please visit Capilano University to register. Here are the details:


How to Build a Story

How to Build a Story
 

Good stories don't just happen, they're built. You need a sound structure to build an engaging journey for your readers. Through a combination of lecture, in-class exercises, homework, and discussion, you'll explore both common and unconventional story shapes used in fiction. The course also looks at genre conventions, three-act structure, and the hero's journey to develop the tools you need to build emotionally satisfying stories again and again.

The Story Writer's Workshop

The Story Writer's Workshop
 

Designed for beginning and intermediate writers, this course uncovers the mysteries of creating fiction. Through a combination of lectures, in-class exercises, workshops, discussions, and homework, you examine the core elements authors use to craft their stories: plot, characterization, dialogue, points of view, theme, and structure. You also learn an effective revision process as well as look at finding the right market for your work.

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