One joy of writing fiction is the many kinds of stories you can tell. In this class, you will explore several popular genres of fiction—literary, mystery, thriller, science fiction, fantasy, horror and romance. Learn techniques that are essential to all fiction while examining the characteristics, conventions and reader expectations associated with each particular genre. Receive guidance with the writing process, develop self-assessment and critical skills and prepare for publication of your manuscript. As you write and revise a short story or chapters of a novel, you will acquire an understanding of the basic elements of fiction writing and of your own viewpoint and skills as a writer.
- Examine various popular genres of fiction and understand the characteristics, conventions and reader expectations associated with each genre.
- Deepen your understanding of what makes a story in any genre a satisfying experience for the writer and the reader.
- Set and accomplish specific writing goals.
- Increase your skill of creating characters, developing plots and handling other elements that contribute to successful fiction in various genres.
- Explore ways to achieve a more powerful and personal writing voice.
- Improve your proficiency and confidence as a fiction writer.
- Learn about the publishing industry and professional approaches to marketing your work.
- Make significant progress on a personal writing project.