OIL: The importance of having fun with writing. Exploration of the cornerstones of creative writing—observation, imagination, language.
Show and Tell: Understanding the difference between showing and telling. Techniques for showing—sensory, specificity, scenes.
Individuality: The power of a journal. Writing what you know. Writing what you want to know. Finding your individual voice.
Fiction: The types and forms of fiction. Where to find fiction ideas. The basics of creating a story—characters, plot, point of view.
Nonfiction: Exploration of three types of creative nonfiction writing—memoir, personal essays, narrative nonfiction. Where to find nonfiction ideas.
Getting Better: Good habits. Battling the blank page. Revision. Reading as a writer. Where to go next?
Note: Content may vary among individual classes.