January 18, 2017
$315 | 8 Weeks
Fairy tales are more than true — not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.” —
Coraline, Neil Gaiman paraphrasing C.K. Chesterton.
This class is for enthusiastic writers of fantastical fiction, which includes magical realism, all sub-genres of fantasy, and in some cases science fiction, horror, supernatural fiction, etc., who wish to create short stories that offer the thrill of the fantastical along with emotional truths. We’ll explore the particular challenges of crafting the fantastical within the restricted space of the short story, as we also explore character and story development. Each week Laura will provide lectures and writing exercises. Participants will submit either pieces developed in response to exercises or complete short stories for workshop-style critique.
Participants should expect to respond honestly, constructively, and supportively to all pieces submitted. They will leave the class with a critiqued draft of a short story, and concrete plans for revision.
Week 1 — Introduction and Worlds in the Space of the Short Story. Also, Writing Exercise: World Building.
Week 2 — Characters, Primary and Otherwise. Also, Writing Exercise: Character Development.
Week 3 — The Tale-Teller — Narrative Point-of-View. Also, Writing Exercise: POV.
Week 4 — Plot — A Solo, not a Symphony. Also, Writing Exercise: Plot.
Week 5 — Special Topics: Fairy and Folklore. Also, Workshop of Complete Short Stories.
Week 6 — Special Topics: Dystopia and Allegory. Also, Workshop of Complete Short Stories.
Week 7 — Special Topics: Aliens and Shadowy Twins. Also, Workshop of Complete Short Stories.
Week 8 — Final Reflections, and Charting the Next Stage of the Journey.