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Writers Workshops

Fiction – Online 2021-401

Course #2021-401
Mondays Starting July 12 6:30 pm–8:30 pm running 6 weeks
Cost: $240 Instructor: Annie Shepherd
This workshop is full

Please note that this is an online workshop conducted via Zoom. Participants will be provided information on how to join the online sessions.

This workshop is full, please sign up on the waiting list here so you receive priority registration the next time this class is offered.

Taking inspiration from established forms of fiction 

What is “free indirect discourse” and when did it begin? What is “omniscient narration” and has it gone out of fashion? Am I writing “genre fiction” or “literary fiction” and what is the difference between the two (if any)? This course will expose participants to specific aspects of form that fiction writers have used or developed since the eighteenth century, including various styles of points of view, language, and plot.

We will not only study these established forms as models but use them as inspiration: in-class writing prompts will give participants the opportunity to experiment with different styles to discover (or build on) their own strengths and interests. Toward the end of the course, participants will have the opportunity to read and offer feedback to each other’s’ work, if desired. No previous experience is necessary – whether you’re taking your first stab at a story or have written a novel, this course will provide space for writers to both develop ideas and situate those ideas within larger conversations being had by published works.


About the instructor

ANNIE SHEPHERD is a teaching fellow at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program, where she is a PhD candidate in fiction and recipient of an Inprint Mary Gibbs and Jesse H. Jones Fellowship. Before coming to Houston, she taught ESL in China for two years and earned an MFA in creative writing from Texas State University. She has won writing awards from the University of Houston and Texas State University, and has taught writing and literature at the college level for over eight years. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in North American Review, The Greensboro Review, and North Dakota Quarterly.

Please note that the registration fee and tuition for online workshops are nonrefundable. By registering for an Inprint Writers Workshop you are agreeing to Inprint’s registration policies. If this workshop is full when you try to register, please sign up on the waiting list here so you receive priority registration the next time this class is offered. For details and a schedule of all the current workshop offerings, click here