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Beginning Fiction Workshop

Program(s): Summer College, Undergraduate Courses

*Taught Online*  "All writers are exiles wherever they live and their work is a lifelong journey toward a lost land.” So wrote Janet Frame, a singularly talented author who was institutionalized at the age of 21, then saved from a lobotomy only because she won a literary prize. In keeping with Frame’s reflection, this craft-based course will focus on strategies for saving our lives through fiction writing: how to cultivate a convincing voice; how to extract strength from our writerly weaknesses; and, ultimately, how to forge a home for ourselves in our own words. Through a combination of creative exercises and workshops, we will explore and examine the craft components of strong, original fictions, including character development, descriptive detail, and compelling dialogue. We’ll also learn how to read the works of published writers for creative inspiration, mining texts by established masters such as Franz Kafka, Alice Munro, Julio Cortazar, Lucia Berlin, and Yasunari Kawabata, as well as lesser-known contemporary voices. We will workshop our writings throughout the term, developing a portfolio of stories that reflect our individual interests, desires, and needs as writers.

Remote or Residential

✓ Remote Course


Course Overview

Current Grade / Education Level

11th Grade
12th Grade
Undergrad / Grad


Summer College
Undergraduate Courses

Start Date

June 12

End Date

June 30

Class Details

Primary Instructor

Meghan Lamb

Academic Interest

Humanities (e.g., arts, philosophy)

Class Specifics

Course Code

CRWR 10206 91

Class Day(s)

Mon Wed Fri

Class Duration (CST)


4:30 P.M.


Session I

Course Length

3 weeks