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Forget Ready, Forget Set, Go! Fiction Writing with Jing Jian (June 13-July 24, 2021) is a Course

Forget Ready, Forget Set, Go! Fiction Writing with Jing Jian (June 13-July 24, 2021)

Started May 13, 2021

$475 Enroll

Full course description

Please note that there is a separate application process for this course. If you have not been accepted into this course by the Iowa Young Writers' Studio you are not eligible to enroll.


Forget Ready, Forget Set, Go! is an online fiction writing class for high school students. Over the course of six weeks, you'll learn about key aspects of fiction writing such as detail and image; voice and point of view; character, story, and plot; setting; and drafting and revision. You'll do this through a process of creative collaboration (or perhaps collaborative creativity)—each week, you'll read a short piece by one of your classmates and use it as a springboard for your own writing exercises, while simultaneously using your own writing as a tool for working through and appreciating that of your classmates. You’ll also read and respond to published short stories by exciting contemporary writers. The course takes a playful, generative, process-oriented approach to writing. This means you’ll be doing lots and lots of writing, and that, when you read, you’ll be reading as writers—teasing out what makes great stories work. (Students will be required to complete weekly assignments and participate regularly in group discussions).


This online course is primarily asynchronous, meaning that students can complete the assignments and post in the discussion forums on their own schedules in their free time. It is important to note that even though students will be able to do the assignments on their own schedules, at any hour of the day or night, they will have to meet weekly deadlines. There may be some live classes only if all students in the class are able to attend. Because students who take these courses live all over the world, in many different time zones, and have complex daily schedules, live classes are not always possible. 


Jing Jian (JJ) immigrated from Wuhan, China to Long Island, NY when she was thirteen. Before coming to the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she is an Iowa Arts Fellow, to study fiction writing, JJ received a B.S in mathematics from MIT and worked as a software engineer. You bet her parents were not as thrilled as she was about her career change. Before Iowa, JJ has studied writing with Junot Diaz, Bret Anthony Johnson, and David Mura. She is a graduate of VONA, a multi-genre workshop for writers of color. She practices and teaches aerial dance in her spare time.




The fee for this course is $475. Payment in full is required to enroll in the course.


Note: Your credit card payment will be processed by an external provider and will appear on your credit card statement as “UI Writing—Magid Center."


Cancellation Policy: A $100 cancellation fee will be applied to refunds for cancellations received by Monday, May 31, 2021. Thereafter, no refunds are available. 



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