CPW604

Fiction Series for the Weekend Student

Fiction writing is a blend of art and technique. In this intensive six-session course, you’ll find yourself aspiring to both. Using examples from contemporary masters, we will explore some of the key elements of fine literary fiction: beginnings, characterization, structure, pacing, types of prose, transitions, and endings.

Discussion and writing exercises will follow lectures. We’ll also consider the writing you produce in between classes. You will aim to significantly improve an existing piece of fiction, or, if you’re a new writer, gain the confidence you need to produce your first piece of work. The final class includes a formal reading.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Vancouver 6 Caroline Adderson $567.00 19 Register

Course schedule: Classes run online from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

What will you learn?

By the end of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Write an effective fictional opening, scene, and ending
  • Define the character arc
  • Differentiate between plot and structure
  • Create believable fictional characters and write realistic dialogue
  • Produce examples of each of the four prose types
  • Incorporate a symbol into a short narrative
  • Give a reading of a selection of work produced during the class
  • Self-edit a selected work
  • Establish a realistic writing schedule
  • Apply the techniques you learn in the class to substantially improve a work of fiction

Note: This is a techniques course, not a workshop. While you will have opportunities to share examples of your work, the instructor will not provide written feedback.

How will you learn?

  • Lectures
  • Discussions
  • Demonstrations
  • In-class exercises
  • Extra reading
  • Independent assignments
  • Group assignments

How will you be evaluated?

Your grade will be based on your participation and assignments.

Textbooks and learning materials

We encourage you to purchase your book from your local independent bookstore or the source listed below.

Required textbook:

Munro, Alice. Runaway, Penguin Canada, 2004. ISBN: 0-14-305071-0.

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