Fiction Writing: Creating a Compelling Narrative
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: MFA Creative Writing Program
Department: Writing Program
Course Number: NWRW 3315
Course Format: Seminar
Location: Online
Permission Required: No
  • Creative Writing
  • Non-fiction
  • Literature
What keeps the reader engaged in the story? How does voice pull us into the fictional world? How can atmosphere enhance the narrative? What marks the difference between a story that is merely serviceable and one we can't put down? This is a class for fiction writers who want to learn how to create a compelling narrative. We look at the basic elements of storytelling—characterization, point of view, description, and dialogue—and examine the way these elements work together to create mystery and tension. Student work is critiqued in a supportive and constructive workshop environment. Outside readings illustrate issues of craft that arise as students get to know one another's work. Guest speakers from the publishing industry discuss what they look for in assessing works of fiction.
Course Open to: Degree Students