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Advanced Fiction Writing

This is an intensive workshop in the craft of writing short fiction for individuals that have read widely and are accomplished in the elements of prose composition (mechanics, syntax, and structure). It will offer you the opportunity to further develop fiction writing techniques introduced in beginning and intermediate classes.

In this course, we will explore, in a clear step-by-step fashion, some of the techniques you need to create a successful manuscript, including story structure, plot, character, dialogue, setting, conflict, action, suspense, and even some pointers on how to get published. We will engage in workshop critique and group discussion with the aim of producing one complete and polished short story. We will also give special attention to the importance of thorough editing and meticulous revision. 

Instructor: Kevin P. Keating was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. His father was a labor leader for the Boilermakers Local 744, and Kevin worked off and on in the steel mills for ten years before earning his master’s degree and teaching English classes at the college level. A precocious reader, he enjoyed the tales of H.P. Lovecraft with its dark philosophical overtones and the popular fiction of writers like Stephen King, Peter Straub, and Richard Mattheson. He began writing at a young age, and began publishing his own stories in the 1990s.  In 2012 he published his first novel The Natural Order of Things, which became a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. His most recent novel is The Captive Condition. He currently teaches at Baldwin Wallace University. 

Details: Advanced Fiction Writing takes place Mondays May 3, 10, 17 & 24 from 6:00-8:00pm remotely through Zoom.

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