News | 2016 | This Fall at Cap

This fall I'll be offering three creative writing courses at Capilano University (details below) and we've scheduled them in such a way to encourage students to take either The Story Writer's Workshop or Story Structure: How to Build a Story first, and then follow up with the brand-new Extraordinary People: The Craft of Character Creation (designed in response to an overwhelming number of requests from both last spring and fall).To register, please visit Capilano University.


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.

Extraordinary People: The Craft of Character Creation

Extraordinary People:
The Craft of Character Creation

Most readers look for stories about interesting people doing fascinating things in the most surprising of ways they'll always remember (as opposed to stories about ordinary people doing ordinary things in the most ordinary ways they'll soon forget). Designed for writers of any skill level, this course shows you how to populate your fiction with compelling and memorable people both heroic and villainous (and everything in between). Through a combination of lectures, in-class exercises, discussion and homework, you'll learn to create believable characters your readers will care about by not only exploring the best ways to dramatize how they look, feel, think, and talk, but also by what they believe, want, and do.

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