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The Elements of Fiction: A Generative Workshop

Description: In this six week course, participants will explore the foundational elements of fiction including plot, point of view, voice, setting and other elements. Each week, we will read and examine examples of short fiction which demonstrate each element particularly well. Participants will then generate original work from a prompt with the intention of practicing that particular element. If time allows, participants will share work and evaluate use of the element.

By the end of the course, participants will have developed foundational writing skills in the elements of fiction, strengthened close reading and analysis of short fiction skills, and learned optimal practices for workshop environments.

Instructor: J.L. Scott is writer from Northeast Ohio with fourteen years experience teaching in higher education. She holds a BA, MA and MFA in Fiction, is an editor for Mom Egg Review, and a Team Leader for PenParentis, a non-profit organization that supports parent-writers through fellowships, accountability groups, and community. She has given presentations for parent-writers at Inkubator for Literary Cleveland and at the Youngstown LitFest. She writes short contemporary fiction, science-fiction and fantasy. Her work has appeared in places like The Black Fork Review and Typishly. She can be found on Twitter @JScottRoller or 


Details: The Elements of Fiction: A Generative Workshop takes place Saturdays October 28, November 4, 11, 18, 25, and December 2 from 1-3 pm remotely through Zoom.

Prerequisite: None

Genre: Fiction

Level: Emerging

Format: Workshop with generative writing outside of class and feedback during class.

Location: This class takes place remotely online via Zoom.

Size: Limited to 12 participants (including scholarships).

Scholarships: Two scholarship spots are available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. Apply by August 21.

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

To register for this class you must have either 1) participated in a past Developing a Writing Habit Class or 2) registered for or taken the Prerequisite: Introduction to Developing a Writing Habit.

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