In this course, we will discuss practical strategies and approaches to the basic elements of fiction (such as plot, structure, characterization, style, points of view, dialogue, and revision) using contemporary short stories and novels as models. Classes include short lectures and discussion on various craft elements, short writing exercises, and, most importantly, workshopping of story drafts. The goal of this class is creative generation on your projects. Each student will complete two full stories (10-20 pages each) and have momentum and drive to continue writing on their own once workshop ends. Writers may choose to submit short stories or parts of a longer work. All fiction genres and forms, and writers of any level, are welcome.
About the instructor
JOSHUA DEWAIN FOSTER is an award-winning prose writer from rural Idaho. His prose has been selected for the Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize in Fiction and Nonfiction, a Wallace Stegner Fiction Fellowship from Stanford University, a grant from the Idaho Commission of the Arts, and a Notable Work mention in The Best American Essays 2015. His stories and essays have appeared in the magazines Tin House, Fugue, South Loop Review, among others. He serves as the Online Fiction Editor for Gulf Coast, and has edited for the journals DIAGRAM and Terrain.org. Josh is a PhD candidate at the UH Creative Writing Program, where he received an Inprint C. Glenn Cambor/Michael and Nina Zilkha Fellowship and is finishing an autobiographical novel about addiction, family, snowboarding, driving, and the contemporary American West.
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