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Writing Classes

Education is an important part of a writer's career. That is why FanStory.com offers classes for adult writers of all skill levels. Take a class online from your computer. Participate while in the comfort of your home or office. Click on the title of the class below to find out more about the class. Four week classes are only $99.00.

AVAILABLE CLASSES

Advanced Short Stories

In this class, students are invited to go beyond the basic elements of fiction writing to explore issues of voice, nontraditional plot structure, and unconventional points of view through reading exemplary stories and responding in their own writing. Each week there will be reading and writing assignments that will assist students toward completing at least one story draft by course end. In addition, the opportunity will be provided for students to read and respond to each other's work.
It will be helpful if students enter class with at least an idea for a story, but it's not necessary. We will review the basics of short story writing the first week, but students should be familiar from past class(es) with the basics of character, point of view (POV), plot elements, setting, and theme.

Starts: In 6 Days
Seats Left: 7 seats.

Contemporary Short Story

In this class you will learn how to read short fiction critically so that you can improve your own writing skills. The focus will be on recently published, contemporary short fiction from publications such as The New Yorker. You will learn how to develop the elements of your fiction through short writing exercises and receive structured feedback that will help you improve your writing skills. At the end of the class you will have one completed short story that is ready to be submitted for publication.

Starts: June 12th
Seats Left: 7 seats.

Sonnets 103

Sonnets are among the most beautiful of all poetic forms. When one thinks of a sonnet, one naturally thinks of Shakespeare's love sonnets. However, there are also other sonnet forms, including the Petrarchan (Italian), Spencerian, and forms. This course will focus on Shakespearean, Petrarchan and Spenserian forms. The class will have a strong focus on writing. After all, the best way to learn a poetic form is to write in that form.

Students need not have prior knowledge of writing in sonnet forms.

Students should have at least an entry level proficiency in writing with iambic pentameter.
Starts: June 25th
Seats Left: 7 seats.

Plotting the Plot

Often novice writers feel comfortable with developing three-dimensional, believable characters. But what good are these characters if we don't see them in action? Action is a matter of plot, which many writers feel less comfortable with. We'll develop our understanding of plot and apply to writing at least one complete story in this class.
Starts: July 10th
Seats Left: 7 seats.

Setting the Scene

Why should writers care about setting and where a story takes place? Why not just tell the story? One difference between a novice and more experienced storyteller is in the use of setting: experienced writers are meticulously detailed about setting. Look at almost any story from a major publication such as "The New Yorker" and see that the story cannot be separated from its time and place. In this class learn to fully ground your story in its time and place, its setting.
Starts: August 14th
Seats Left: 7 seats.

Our classes provide an excellent way to further develop your skills.

  • Small Classes. Our classes are small and designed to give you one on one instruction while you complete assignments on your own time and work at your own pace in the comfort of your own home.

  • Online Classrooms. All of the courses operate in our unique online classrooms. Your classroom offers you a location to meet with your instructor, read and enter assignments, and ask questions.

  • Expert Review. Experienced instructors offer private review and detailed help. In addition, classes give you the ability to share your work with your classroom peers as well as the entire FanStory.com writing community.

  • Great Value. Four week classes are only $99.00. Compare and you will find that classes online elsewhere are hundreds more and do not offer the small classroom size, personal attention, and benefits provided by being a school that is part of FanStory.com.
    Free Writer Membership. Provided with your class is a free two month membership to the FanStory.com writing community. This bonus gives you the ability to share share your writing with the community while participating in your classroom. Get feedback for everything you write, join free writing contests, and get motivated. Details on your free membership for writers.


FanStory.com writing courses provide adults with an opportunity to take classes online with experienced instructors.



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