Fiction 1

Do you have a story to tell, but aren’t sure where to start?

This course will introduce you to the tools that all fiction writers use to craft their narratives and help you understand how to apply them to your own work. You’ll learn how to structure a story, create believable characters, and find your own unique voice, while being part of a supportive community.

Along the way, you’ll read compelling fiction by writers at the top of their craft, engage in lively discussion, complete writing exercises to get your creativity flowing, and give and receive feedback on works in progress. You’ll leave the course with not only the first draft of a short story, but also the tools to revise it.

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

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Joan B. Flood $628.95 22 Register

Schedule clarification: This course begins on the first date listed and ends six days after the last date listed. Between those times, you work at your own pace within the timelines set by the instructor.

What will you learn?

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

  • Write and revise the first draft of a short story
  • Identify the key elements that make up a work of fiction
  • Choose a narrative arc and point of view that serve your story
  • Create believable characters with clear motivations
  • Choose language that enables you to control the pace and atmosphere of your writing

How will you learn?

Each week you will:
  • Read the weekly module
  • Complete additional reading, as assigned
  • Complete a writing assignment (approximately 500 words)
  • Participate in a discussion based on your reading (approximately 250 words)
  • Read and provide feedback on other learners’ work

Twice per term you will:

  • Submit a piece of your own writing for feedback (maximum 2,500 words)

How will you be evaluated?

This course is graded using a competency-based grading scale. Read more here.

Learning materials

We will provide custom course materials.

Hardware and software requirements 

We deliver this course using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.

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