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Fiction Writing Online

Fiction is perhaps the purest form of storytelling. With only words and the reader's imagination, a work of fiction can sail across the world, pursuing a whale, or zeroing in on a few minutes in line at the local bank, luring the reader into a story that reads true.

To do it well, however, requires skill. In our courses, you will learn how to support your words with such craft elements as character, plot, point of view, description, dialogue, setting, pacing, voice, and theme. You will also learn how and where to market your work.

Whether you seek to write short stories or novels, traditional or experimental, comic or tragic, we'll show you how to turn your ideas into stories that people will be eager to read.

Note: If you are working on genre fiction — Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, or Mystery — you may find one of our genre courses a better fit.


You might also consider Gotham's premium Zoetrope Fiction Writing class.

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Level I
Fiction Writing | 10-week Workshop
 
  • Write one or two short stories or begin work on a novel
  • Lectures on fundamental concepts
  • Writing exercises
  • Present work for critique

In a clear, accessible manner, the course presents the fundamentals of plot, structure, voice, description, character development, point of view, and dialogue. Lectures and writing exercises are used to illustrate these concepts. You will also have the opportunity to present your work and receive feedback from your instructor and classmates. The goal is to write two short stories or to begin a novel and to acquire a firm understanding of all the basics of fiction writing.

Fiction I is for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on the fundamentals. Beginners who wish to write novels should take Fiction I before Advanced Novel Writing.

View a course syllabus.

(3.0 CEU)

Online Classes  
Tuition: $399, Returning Students $369. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 16 students, ages 18 and up.

Starts New Lecture Location Time Special Enroll
Apr 29 Tuesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
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May 6 Tuesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
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May 20 Tuesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
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Advanced
Fiction Writing | 10-week Workshop
 
  • Write or refine one or two short stories
  • Lectures that expand on fundamental concepts
  • Writing exercises
  • Present work for in-depth critique

The course focuses on the presentation and critique of your work and is designed to help you sharpen your skills. Emphasis is placed on honing each story’s structure, characterization, narrative, description, and style with the aim of creating publishable work.

Advanced Fiction Writing is for writers who have completed Level I or those with fiction-writing experience who are prepared to discuss all of the fundamental concepts of the craft. Writers often repeat Advanced Fiction Writing as they continue to develop projects.

We offer Advanced Fiction for writers working on short stories and Novel Writing II for writers working on novels. You are, however, welcome to work on material in Advanced Fiction that would eventually end up in a novel.

Prerequisite: Fiction Writing I or the equivalent.

View a course syllabus.

Which level is right for you? How to Choose a Level

(3.0 CEU)

Online Classes  
Tuition: $399, Returning Students $369. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 14 students, ages 18 and up.

Starts New Lecture Location Time Special Enroll
Apr 16* Wednesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
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May 7 Wednesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
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Jun 4 Wednesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
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* You can still enroll in this class!

Level III
Fiction Writing | 10-week Workshop
 
The Fiction Level III focuses on workshopping short stories. All students are veterans in the workshop process, and each story is read and discussed in detail over a two-week period, giving the writers a plenitude of helpful feedback. In addition to the workshopping, each week the instructor leads students through a discussion of some tantalizing new topic. Writers often repeat Fiction Writing Level III to continue their projects.

Prerequisite: Two terms of a GWW Fiction II or Novel II class.

Which level is right for you? How to Choose a Level

(3.0 CEU)

Online Classes  
Tuition: $399, Returning Students $369. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 14 students, ages 18 and up.

Starts New Lecture Location Time Special Enroll
Apr 17* Thursdays Online 24 hrs. a day
Sample Class

* You can still enroll in this class!


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