Introduction to Fiction Writing

Course Description

The overarching theme of this course is how to write stories that make a reader think and make a reader feel. You will dive into the elements of fiction writing, including: scene, character, dialogue, setting, language, time, structure, and more, and experiment with these techniques.

You will read short stories and/or excerpts of longer works of fiction, of various styles, and will do frequent creative writing assignments. You will also write and revise their own short story that will be critiqued by fellow students in the course. The in-person version of the course will include significant class discussion.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:
• Craft fiction that is engaging and compelling
• Give and receive creative feedback
• Become more comfortable and skilled at revision

The course provides the foundation needed for higher-level creative writing courses. Skills gained can translate into non-fiction and essay writing as well.


No expectation of prior knowledge or experience. Students should be eager to give and receive constructive feedback.


Two Sections Available to Choose From:

Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.

Dates: June 27, 2022 - August 05, 2022
Duration: 6 Weeks
Meeting Times: Online - Mostly Asynchronous
Status: Closed
Format: Online
Instructor(s): Jordan Rosenfeld Pedersen
Course Number: 10312

Dates: June 27, 2022 - July 15, 2022
Duration: 3 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 8:30A-11:20A
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Kelli Auerbach
Course Number: 10108