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Forget Ready, Forget Set, Go! Fiction Writing with Katie Knoll (Summer 2022) is a Course

Forget Ready, Forget Set, Go! Fiction Writing with Katie Knoll (Summer 2022)


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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. 


Katie Knoll is a queer disabled writer from South Florida. Her childhood backyard was frequently visited by rattlesnakes, alligators, armadillos, otters, and other Florida wildlife, and now, she writes often about animals. She shares her life with two dogs, a small parrot, and a dove, and when she isn’t writing, she volunteers as a foster parent for blind, deaf, and otherwise-disabled dogs! She graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in Fiction in 2019, and currently lives in Atlanta. You can find her short stories online.





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, June 6, 2022. Thereafter, no refunds are available. 



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