Thursday, March 29, 2007

Online Stanford Class

My friend Scott Hutchins is teaching an interesting Short Fiction course, online, through Continuing Studies starting next week. You should check it out if you're interested. Description below. -- TK

Writing Rich Fiction (EGL 121 W)
This intermediate online writing course will focus on enriching your fiction. We will thicken plots, deepen characters, and create settings so life-like your readers will swear to have visited them. We will seek to give our stories depth and vibrancy. Since we will be paying careful attention to more advanced questions of craft and process, this course is intended for students with some experience writing fiction.

During the term, each student will submit a story or novel excerpt for thoughtful, considered criticism. We will also do exercises to expand our fictional worlds, both their content and quality, aiming to heighten the reality of our characters and the worlds they move in. Readings of published authors will help direct our energies and ambition. Our goal is to discover new ways of seeing—and pursuing— the potential in our own work.

Scott Hutchins
Former Stegner Fellow
Scott Hutchins is a former Stegner and Truman Capote Fellow in the Wallace Stegner Program. His story "Jack" appears in a recent issue of StoryQuarterly. He recently returned to the Bay Area from Paris, where he was in residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts.

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