How to Write Compelling Fiction

A course for beginning fiction writers looking for help getting started, anyone bogged down in the midst of a fiction project, and veteran writers who want to get recharged, refocused, and refreshed

Instruction includes 7 lessons and feedback on exercises covering beginnings, point-of-view, plot, dialogue, characterization, and more. Option 2 includes a detailed critique of up to 2,000 words of your fiction.

At a glance

What: How to Write Compelling Fiction

When: Start anytime, complete within 1 year

Where: Online

Cost: Option 1: 1.0 CEU, $135 | Option 2: 1.3 CEU, $175

Continuing education credit: 10 hours (1.0 CEU)

Instructor: Angela Rydell

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For additional information, contact Christine DeSmet: 608-262-3447


Learn to write stories others can't stop reading

Most people have probably heard the dictum: Write what you know. The acclaimed writer Flannery O’Connor had a slightly different approach: “Start with anything you can make real.” This class will focus on helping writers get past those difficult beginnings and explore ways to take what you can make real on the page and turn it into well-crafted fiction. Each lesson will include techniques, examples, and exercises so that you can put what you’re learning into practice immediately.

What we cover in this course

In 7 easy-to-understand lessons, you’ll learn specific techniques to help you develop your fiction. Among other topics, we’ll cover:

  • Gathering material
  • Developing characters
  • Point of view
  • Conflict and plot
  • Crafting believable and interesting dialogue

You will receive prompt feedback and enjoy an ongoing discussion with your instructor, all included in the basic Option 1 fee of $135. With Option 2, for a total fee of $175, you’ll get all of this plus a detailed critique of up to 2,000 words of your own writing.

You can start our workshops anytime, and there are no required hours to log on. It's all done with one-on-one correspondence with the instructor using email. Work at your own pace; you have up to a year to finish the course. Some classes have materials on a web site, but you can access those at your leisure with a password that we will give you. We have writers from around the world participating in our workshops. A lot of great writing gets accomplished via email. Because of the one-on-one nature of our workshops, you'll find them an excellent "coaching" or mentoring situation that will keep you going. And if you want to just work on your own — hey, that's fine too. Of course you can do the suggested exercises on your own and pass on the feedback if you'd rather do that. We're also here throughout the year if you have questions.

Details

Cost: Option 1, $135 | Option 2, $175

Credit: Option 1, 1.0 CEU | Option 2, 1.3 CEU

Contact: For more information about How to Write Compelling Fiction, contact Laura Kahl at lkahl@dcs.wisc.edu or call 608-262-3982.