News | 2016 | 2017 Spring Semester at Cap

This coming spring I'll be offering three creative writing courses at Capilano University and we've scheduled them to encourage writers to take The Story Writer's Workshop first, and then follow it up with either Story Structure: How to Build a Story or Beyond the First Draft: Revising Your Work. To register, please visit Capilano University. Here are the course descriptions, and if you're interested, I hope to see you there.


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.

Story Structure: How to Build a Story

Story Structure:
How to Build a Story

Good stories don't just happen, they're built. Like a blueprint, you need a sound structure to build an effective emotional journey for your readers. Through a combination of lecture, in-class exercise, homework, workshop and discussion, we'll explore both common and unconventional story shapes used in fiction. We'll also look at genre conventions, three-act structure, and the hero's journey to develop the tools you'll need to build emotionally satisfying stories again and again.

Beyond the First Draft: Revising Your Work

Beyond the First Draft:
Revising Your Work

According to Ernest Hemingway, the first draft of anything is, well, we can't politely print what he said, but we can tell you it rhymes with "quit" (which is something you should never do after your first draft). To ensure you never give up, this class, through a combination of lectures, in-class exercises, workshops, discussions, and homework, will take a draft of your manuscript (either fiction or narrative non-fiction) through a recursive rewriting process. You'll refine and improve elements such as points of view, narrative consistency, and structural design. The result will be a better manuscript, and you'll have the knowledge to effectively critique your own writing.

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