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Intro to Fiction: Generative Workshop - Spring 2024

To become better writers, we have to try to understand how stories work. In this class, we will generate fresh material through writing prompts and exercises.
Students will then choose one piece to expand into a short story to share with the workshop. In addition to reading each other's work, we will also read at least one published story for each class and examine how these stories are made by focusing on the building blocks of fiction (tension, character, setting etc.).
By the end of this class, students will be able to understand and analyze a wider variety of fiction, offer constructive, specific feedback, draft an original short story, and substantially revise their own fiction.
Instructor: Alida Dean is a writer and educator living in Upstate New York. Her short stories have recently appeared in The ForgeNashville ReviewNinth Letter, and SmokeLong Quarterly, among other venues. She earned her PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Cincinnati and is a lecturer in the Writing Department at Ithaca College.


Details: Intro to Fiction: Generative Workshop - Spring 2024 takes place Thursdays January 4, January 11, (no class on January 18), January 25, February 1, February 8, and February 15 from 6:30-8:30pm remotely online via Zoom.

Prerequisites: None

Genre: Fiction

Level: Emerging

Format: Generative workshop with writing in class and outside of class and group sharing.

Location: This class takes place remotely online via Zoom.

Size: Limited to 12 participants (including scholarships).

Suggested Sequence: Follow this class with another generative fiction writing workshop or a feedback course.

Scholarships: Two scholarship spots are available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. Apply by December 11.

Cancellations & Refunds: Cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the first class meeting to receive a full refund. Email

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