Full course description
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 —teasing out what makes great stories work. (Students will be required to complete weekly assignments and participate regularly in group discussions).
, 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 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.
Katie Knoll’s stories have appeared in Ploughshares, Catapult, Black Warrior Review, and other journals. Her work has been featured as one of Narrative’s 2013 Top 5 Stories of the Year and as a notable story in The Year’s Best Short Stories 2017. Her story “Red” was selected for first place in the Masters Review’s 2016 Short Story Award for New Writers, nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award, and appears in The Year’s Best Weird Fiction 2016. She is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
REGISTRATION & FEES
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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